INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle appeared in federal court in Indianapolis Wednesday morning to hear charges against him in connection with a child pornography case.
Fogle told the judge he understood the charges against him and waived a formal arraignment. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Fogle reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that would see him serve between five and 12½ years in prison for handling child pornography and having sex with a minor.
The court will have to approve the agreement, in which Fogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child porn, and traveling across state lines to have sex with at least two teenage girls.
Read Fogle Court Documents (WARNING: Contains graphic material)
Court documents filed in the case allege that:
- Fogle paid money to have sex with minor girls who were trafficked through an Internet website.
- Fogle traveled in order to have sex with young girls and he knew the girls were minors.
- Fogle offered to pay one minor girl he had already had sex with to find him another young girl. He told her "the younger the better."
- Fogle asked other escorts to find him girls between 14 and 15 for sex.
- Fogle knew that Russell Taylor was creating child pornography and Taylor provided Fogle with some.
- Fogle had child pornography on computers, phones and thumb drives.
- Some of the children in the pornography were as young as 6 years old.
Under the plea deal, the government agrees to recommend less than 13 years in prison for Fogle. Also, Fogle's lawyers agree to ask the judge for no less than a 5-year prison term.
The agreement says Fogle will adhere to a pornography ban and sexual disorders treatment, and he will have no unsupervised visits with minors, among other requirements.
Computer monitoring will be required, too.
Fogle became a household name as "Jared from Subway" after a dramatic weight loss that he attributed to eating at Subway restaurants. He became famous in 2000 when the sandwich chain released a commercial centered on his claims that he dropped about 245 pounds -- from a peak weight of 425 -- in one year as an Indiana University student, thanks in part to exercise and a simpler diet involving Subway subs.
The sandwich chain suspended its relationship with Fogle earlier this year after investigators raided his Indiana home.
The raid came more than two months after Russell C. Taylor, the executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.
Authorities previously said that Taylor, 43, of Indianapolis, was charged in May with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
During an April search at Taylor's home, authorities found "a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children" there, federal prosecutors said in statement.