INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle faces years behind bars after prosecutors say he has been exploiting children since 2007.
It was a chaotic scene outside the federal courthouse in Indianapolis when Fogle left on Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office held a news conference about why Fogle was in court.
“Today, Jared Fogle has been charged and has admitted to participating to a five year criminal scheme to exploit children,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said.
Prosecutors say for years Fogle used his fame to commit crimes.
“First, let’s call this what it is,” Minkler said. “This is about using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children.”
The allegations came more than a month after agents raided Fogle’s home. Since then they were tight lipped, until Wednesday.
Prosecutors say this case required time to find evidence and locate victims, a process that took a while before it ended up at the courthouse.
“I can tell you that the investigators here read a lot of those text messages, two and three times, and looked at these pictures in some cases for a long period of time to try and figure out who all we had pictures of,” assistant to the U.S. Attorney’s office Steve Debrota said.
Fogle’s attorney said his client is prepared to accept a plea deal.
“Jared Fogle expects to go to prison,” defense attorney Jeremy Margolis said. “He will do his time, he expects to get well, he expects to continue to make amends to those people whose lives he has affected, both family and non-family members.”
A change of plea deal has not been set. After Fogle pleads guilty, it’ll take several months before a judge sentences him.
If convicted, Fogle faces 50 years behind bars, but the plea deal sets the sentencing between five and twelve and a half years.