US Attorney Minkler responds to Fogle sentencing

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Fogle is due to formally plead guilty and be sentenced on charges of trading child pornography and paying for sex with minors. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler released a statement after the sentencing of Jared Fogle on Thursday.

Fogle was sentenced to 15.5 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography and paying for sex acts with minors.

Minkler released the following statement:

“While no sentence will bring back the innocence or relieve the pain of Fogle’s victims, Judge Pratt properly rejected Fogle’s plea for a 5 year sentence and imposed an appropriate sentence of 15 and ½ years. My office works within the federal sentencing laws, and this community has my word that the law was followed today. Those who engage in child exploitation received a clear message today. If you engage in this conduct, you will be investigated, identified, and prosecuted, and you will go to prison.

My office will continue to protect victims of child exploitation through aggressive prosecution and a close working relationship with law enforcement.”

Fogle has agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims in the case, eight of whom are still minors.

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