U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Fogle on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to one count each of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography.
“I want to redeem my life”, an emotional Fogle said in court today during the sentencing, per NBC News. MStars News has learned that the former Subway spokesman is going to prison for 15 years. Prosecutors say Fogle had the opportunity to turn Taylor into authorities and stop his victimization, but instead he encouraged Taylor to produce even more child pornography.
“The Jared Fogle chapter is now closed with the announcement of his sentencing and his removal from a free society”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
Taylor is accused of secretly recording graphic images of children in his home, whose ages ranged from nine to 16.
The sandwich chain cut ties with Fogle in July after his house was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the child pornography charges.
“I take full responsibility for what I’ve done”, Fogle said.
Fogle’s 15-and-a-half-year sentence comprises the 188 months he will serve concurrently on the two counts.