Jared Fogle Is Requesting A Short Sentence For A Terrible Reason

Photo: Matt Sayles/ AP Photo.
Jared Fogle, the disgraced Subway spokesman, is being sentenced for possession of child pornography and sexual conduct with a minor on November 19. He's also not doing himself any favors in the court of public opinion. Fogle’s lawyers have asked the sentencing judge to hand down the minimum sentence — a scant five years — on the rationale that Fogle's victims were 16 and 17, and thus “far older than many victims of this same crime.”

Fogle's lawyers also excused his crimes by claiming that the photos and videos in his possession were given to him by his associate Russell Taylor — who was also arrested — and that he never asked for “material involving prepubescent minors.”

The sentencing requests are happening on the same day that one of Fogle's victims publicly identified herself in an interview with Dr. Phil. A spokesman from the U.S. Attorney’s Office was able to confirm to the New York Post her identity. The victim was one of the 14 minors allegedly recorded by Taylor.

Fogle was a spokesman for the sandwich chain for more than a decade. In August, he entered a deal with prosecutors, in which he pleaded guilty to one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography. In return, the prosecutors agreed to seek a maximum sentence of 12-and-a-half years. He could have faced more than 50 years, based on his original charges. For his part, Fogle agreed to not seek a sentence of fewer than five years. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt is not required to honor the deal with prosecutors when sentencing.

Either way, Fogle will likely have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

More from US News

But take heart. There won’t be a President Trump. Not if I and millions of other women in this country have anything to say about it
A young girl delivered a powerful message of peace speaking at the first Charlotte City Council meeting since violence threatened to rip the city apart ...
Hillary Clinton long ago learned to let the insults roll off her back. And in doing so, she’s uncovered Trump's Achilles' heel
If the chaotic party politics of the 2016 election have left you feeling completely birdbrained, this video is for you. The Founding Fathers (presented ...
Donald Trump believes that climate change is a hoax. Sorry, Donald Trump does not believe that climate change is a hoax. Are you confused yet? I don't ...
Less than 12 hours after being criticized for calling out a former Miss Universe about her weight, Donald Trump is doubling down on his body-shaming ...
Watching the first presidential debate, I felt three things: terror, inspiration, and skepticism
Election Day lasts just one day — a 24-hour culmination of the seemingly never-ending campaign season. But we’ll spend the next two, four, six years ...
"Wrong." "That makes me smart." "Why Not?" "Ugh." No, those aren't snippets of a conversation with a cranky 5-year-old. They're just a few of the ...
1. ICYMI: Charlotte lifted its curfew after days of protests following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Scott, 43, was shot and killed last Tuesday...
When Donald Trump attacked her suitabilty for office during Monday's debate, Hillary Clinton was ready with the comeback of the evening. Towards...
People are already having feelings about the presidential debate — and no one’s even had time to finish their wine yet. Twitter was gearing up for the ...
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Funny Or Die Update: Hillary Clinton's appearance on Between Two Ferns may have smashed ...
We're just hours away from the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. The 90-minute showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is ...