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Ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years for child porn, sex with minors

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has been sentenced to more than 15.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to paying for sex with two 16-year-old girls and receiving child pornography through a friend.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the sentence in federal court in Indianapolis on Thursday. She sentenced him to 188 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. He will be required to serve a minimum of 13 years to become eligible for parole.

The sentence is significantly more than the 12.5 years agreed upon as part of Fogle's plea deal with the prosecution, but the judge was not bound by the agreement and is free to impose a different sentence.

Fogle provided an emotional statement earlier on Thursday, saying he had become dependent on alcohol, pornography and prostitutes. “At the time I truly did not think through what I was doing, nor did I think about the consequences of my actions,” he said.

Fogle added: “I’ve learned so much about the underage minors with whom I’ve paid to have sex with. Not a day will go by that I don’t think about them, what I did and the impact on their lives.”

According to the plea deal, Fogle had paid two 16-year-old girls for sex while staying at hotels in New York City, and asked one of them to provide him with access to girls as young as 14 to be able to pay them for sex as well. In one of the text messages he sent to the girl, Fogle said he would accept a 16-year-old girl, while stating that “the younger the girl, the better.”

As part of the plea deal, Fogle also acknowledged receiving videos of minors from Russell Taylor, who was using hidden cameras to secretly take explicit images and videos as minor stayed at his house. Taylor also provided Fogle with child pornography which he had obtained through the internet and which depicted children as young as six.

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