Ex-Subway pitchman Jared gets 15 years

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 15:48:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge sentenced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to 15 years and eight months in prison for trading in child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Fogle on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography.

Fogle agreed to the plea deal in August after authorities raided his suburban Indianapolis home in July.

Prosecutors sought a 12½-year sentence, while Fogle's attorneys sought five years.

The 38-year-old Fogle admitted paying for sex with girls as young as 16 and receiving child pornography produced by his charitable foundation's former director.

He also agreed pay his 14 victims $100,000 each in restitution.

Fogle showed little emotion as the judge announced the sentence. Some of Fogle's family members in the courtroom started crying and hugging each other when he ordered taken into immediate custody.

Federal marshals had Fogle remove his suit jacket, tie and belt before they handcuffed him behind his back. Fogle blew kisses to relatives as he was led away.

Rochelle Herman, who secretly recorded Fogle discussing sex with underage children, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the sentence shows the judge saw through his apologies, but doesn't fully account for Fogle's actions and how he stole the childhoods of his victims.

Herman is a former television journalist from Florida who met Fogle while he was making promotional appearances.

She recorded phone conversations with Fogle from 2007 through 2012 and says he talked about sex with underage children, his preferences and desires for sex with children as young as 6 years old.

Herman says she was prepared to testify against Fogle.

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