INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle appeared in a federal court in Indianapolis Wednesday, listening to initial charges from a judge during a 12-minute hearing.
The judge set a follow-up hearing for Aug. 21 and let Fogle go free on unspecified conditions.
Federal court documents allege that Fogle obtained child pornography from a colleague over the course of four years and traveled out of state to pay for sex with minors under the age of 18.
Court documents released to WISH-TV state that Fogle’s colleague, Russell Taylor, provided Fogle with images and videos of nude or partially clothed minors engaging in sexual explicit conduct. Taylor is the former head of Fogle’s charitable foundation.
Federal prosecutors allege in a charging document that Fogle “made comments approving this activity and discussed some of these minors by name.”
The images were secretly produced at Taylor’s current and former homes, the documents state.
Federal prosecutors hinted that Fogle did not do enough to stop this, stating “if (Fogle) had promptly reported to law enforcement what he knew of the activities, then the sexually explicit material involving later victims would not have been produced.”
On multiple occasions, federal prosecutors claim that Fogle viewed these images on a computer provided to him by Taylor. On other occasions, Fogle allegedly received images or videos via text and a thumb drive. Fogle is accused of working to distribute these images by reportedly showing another person the images he received from Taylor on a thumb drive, the court records state.
Fogle is also accused of paying for sex with minors under the age of 18.
Between 2010 and 2013, Fogle traveled to New York City, where prosecutors say he paid for sex with two minors under the age of 18. In November 2012, prosecutors allege that Fogle paid for sex in the Plaza Hotel with a girl who was 17. The next day, he sent her text messages asking if she could find him an underage girl. Prosecutors state in the court documents that Fogle told the girl he “would accept a 16 year old girl, while stating that the younger the girl, the better.”
During these discussions, Fogle allegedly told the girl he would “really make it worth her while if she could find one,” the court records state.
Fogle appeared in federal court Wednesday at 11 a.m. The hearing lasted for only 12 minutes and Fogle was freed on conditions that were set by the judge.
In a plea agreement, Fogle agrees to plead guilty to distributing and receiving visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. He also agreed to plead guilty to traveling within the state in order to engage in unlawful commercial sexual acts with minors. According to court documents, Fogle knew one of the people in the visual depiction was a minor. Fogle is bound by the plea agreement and cannot withdraw it. The documents say that the government has agreed not to ask for a sentence greater than 151 months of imprisonment and Fogle has agreed not to ask for a sentence below 60 months of imprisonment.
The terms of the plea agreement say Fogle will participate in a program of treatment for sexual disorders. It also notes that Fogle shall not have any unsupervised meetings, non-incidental communications, activities or visits with any minor unless they are approved by the probation officer.
Fogle cannot be employed in any position or participate as a volunteer in any activity that involves unsupervised meetings, non-incidental communications, activities, or visits with minors except as disclosed to the probation officer. Fogle will become a registered sex offender.
Fogle will be subject to searches by his probation officer of his vehicle, office, business and residence. The plea agreement outlines that at the direction of his probation officer Fogle will consent to the monitoring of his use of computers, telephones, electronic devices and any other hardware. That monitoring will be random and or on a regular basis.
24-Hour News 8 is still sorting through court documents. Check back with this story for more details.
24-Hour News 8 received a statement Tuesday saying “We have already ended our relationship with Jared and have no further comment.” That statement was later tweeted by the company.
Fogle’s next court hearing is set for Aug. 21 it is expected that he will agree to the plea deal during that hearing.