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November 20, 2015

Jared Fogle Gets 15-Plus Years on Porn and Sex Charges

Former Subway spokesman and charity head Jared Fogle was sentenced Thursday to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for possessing and distributing child pornography and engaging in sexual contact with minors, The Indianapolis Star and The Wall Street Journal report. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt exceeded the 12-year sentence prosecutors recommended for Mr. Fogle, who agreed in August to plead guilty to the charges.

The 38-year-old Indiana native gained nationwide fame in a series of advertisements for Subway, touting his massive weight loss on a diet consisting largely of the chain's sandwiches. In 2008 he established the Jared Foundation to support programs fighting childhood obesity. Authorities said he sometimes arranged his illicit sexual encounters around his travel promoting Subway and the charity.

Mr. Fogle came under suspicion after the April 2015 arrest of Russell Taylor, the foundation's executive director. Mr. Taylor, whom prosecutors say produced pornographic photos and videos of minors and shared them with Mr. Fogle, pleaded guilty to child-exploitation charges in September and is awaiting sentencing.