Jared Fogle to Seek Treatment for Sexual Disorders

By May Wilkerson 08/25/15

The disgraced Subway pitchman will serve jail time for child pornography and soliciting sex from minors.

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Is Jared Fogle a sex addict?

The disgraced former spokesman for Subway fast-food restaurants will plead guilty to multiple federal charges that include paying for sex with teenagers and distributing child pornography, his attorney Jeremy Margolis said last week. He will also pay $1.4 million in restitution for counseling and support for his victims.

Margolis said Fogle, 38, from Indianapolis, Ind., would be examined by a renowned expert in sexual disorders “in order to chart a course to recovery” and that he intends to become “healthy” again.

Fogle could be diagnosed with multiple problems, including pedophilia, sex addiction, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), according to Carol Juergensen Sheets, an Indianapolis therapist who specializes in sexual addictions. She says if he does suffer from OCD, it could also explain how he was able to eat the same meal every day as part of the “Subway diet” that famously helped him lose a significant amount of weight.

She adds that Fogle’s behavior is indicative of sexual addiction, especially since he continued to pursue sex with minors even after his colleague, Russell Taylor, was arrested on child pornography charges. “The high that he wanted from being with young girls overshadowed his reasoning and his logic,” she said.

Experts note that pedophilia and sex addiction are different, and not every pedophile is also a sex addict. One major difference is that pedophilia is listed as a medical diagnosis in the the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), while sex addiction is not.

There are still no definitive answers as to why some people become pedophiles or sex addicts. Some child abusers were sexually abused as children, whereas others may get a particular sexual image “stuck” in their head, said Sheets.

Researchers who have studied online deviant behavior, including child pornography, say you can rarely predict who will become offenders. “There is no one type of person that engages in child pornography, no one profile,” said Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, an assistant professor at Purdue University who has studied this area. “It’s because the behavior itself is very dynamic and complex.”

Fortunately, there are many places to go for help, including treatment centers for sex addiction across the country and countless 12-step support group meetings. Fogle likely will go to a treatment center for at least 30 to 45 days, said Sheets, but he will have to address the problem for the rest of his life.

“You cannot be cured of this,” she said. “It is like any other addiction. You can learn how to manage it ... but you have to work on this every day of your life when you have this compulsion.”

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