Jared Fogle Blamed Child Sex Crimes On Alcohol, Porn and Sex Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 11/20/15

He also tried pinning his depravity on his Subway diet.

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Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison for a range of child sex crimes after claims that his actions were sparked by alcohol, pornography, and sex addictions fell on deaf ears.

Fogle pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines for commercial sex with a minor. His defense team recommended a five-year sentence, while prosecutors asked for more than 12 years. But the final ruling lay with Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, who opted for an even harsher sentence.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Fogle must serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for release.

“This defendant was obsessed with child porn. [He] was living a double life, and for many of those years was living in a web of lies and depravity,” said Pratt. “The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme.”

During the trial, his attorney, Jeremy Margolis, claimed the once-obese Fogle “traded a horrible food addiction for a horrible sex addiction.” He also said that the former Subway spokesman suffered from alcohol dependence. University of Ottawa forensic psychiatrist John Bradford testified that Fogle’s hypersexuality may have been linked to his eating disorder and revealed that Fogle admitted spending a minimum of $12,000 per year on prostitutes.

The bulk of his child porn stash came from business partner Russell Taylor, who formerly served as the executive director of his foundation. Earlier this month, 16-year-old Analissa spoke on Dr. Phil about her time with Taylor and how he secretly recorded nude photos and videos of her to send to Fogle.

Analissa, who was 14 when she first met Taylor, said that he would give her large amounts of alcohol and that she blacked out on several occasions. She also claimed that Taylor would come into the bedroom when she was naked and make comments suggesting that he wanted to have sex with her.

“He took my happiness, he took my trust, he took my pride, everything,” she said. “And I do blame myself a lot because I feel like I fed into it by letting him talk to me that way.”

Taylor pleaded guilty last September to child pornography and sexual exploitation charges. He will be sentenced next month.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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