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August 20, 2015

Subway Pitchman and Charity Head to Admit to Sex Charges

Jared Fogle, a celebrated pitchman for the Subway fast-food chain and the head of a nonprofit aimed at reducing childhood obesity, will plead guilty to possessing child pornography and soliciting sex with minors, the Indianapolis Star and NBC News report.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the 37-year old Indiana resident has agreed to serve at least five years in prison and pay $1.4 million to 14 victims under a plea deal.

According to prosecutors and court documents, Mr. Fogle engaged in some of the illicit acts while traveling on behalf of Subway or his Jared Foundation and commissioned the charity's executive director, Russell C. Taylor, to produce pornography for him. Subway severed ties with Mr. Fogle last month after federal authorities raided his Zionsville, Ind., home.

Mr. Fogle appeared in hundreds of Subway ads starting in 2000 after he lost 245 pounds on a diet consisting largely of the chain's sandwiches. His sexual behavior came under scrutiny in April after Mr. Taylor was arrested in April on child-pornography charges and fired from the foundation. Following a court appearance Wednesday, Mr. Fogle was released on electronic monitoring pending plea and sentencing hearings.