Jared Fogle pleads guilty to child porn and sex abuse charges

In my previous post I stated that it seemed odd for the authorities to go after Jared Fogle. It appeared that Fogle had done nothing to warrant their attention. I suspected that the most likely reason for the authorities targeting him was that he and Russell Taylor had shared images and videos. My suspicions were correct:

According to the charges, Rusell Taylor, head of the Jared Foundation set up to combat child obesity, secretly taped 12 minors while they changed clothes and showered at his home, including two who were as young as 13 or 14. He shared the images with Fogle, who knew they showed minors, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Fogle also received commercial child pornography from Taylor, viewed it and failed to report it. He stored explicit images of children as young as six, prosecutors said.

Fogle traveled to New York City at least twice between 2010 and 2013 seeking sex with minors, and paid for sex acts with a girl he knew to be 17 years old and another girl younger than 18. He told the first girl he would “make it worth her while” if she could find him another minor to have sex with, “the younger the girl, the better,” according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said he repeatedly asked prostitutes and others to find him 14- and 15-year-olds for sex.

That explains the raid on Fogle’s home and the offer of a plea deal. The charges on the child pornography alone would land Fogle in prison for decades. Fogle would only serve five to 12 years in prison under the deal, although he would have to pay $1.4 million to 14 minor victims and register as a sex offender.

What is amazing about this situation is that Fogle landed in trouble because Taylor offered to send illicit photos to a female friend who then reported him. Taylor ended up in prison awaiting trial, during which he attempted suicide. During his recovery, he inexplicably allowed the prosecutors more time to build their case against him. Shortly after, the FBI raided Fogle’s home.

The case against Fogle is rather strong. It appears that he already engaged in abusive acts with children prior to meeting Taylor. His behavior only increased after the pair met. Given some of the details, it is surprising Fogle was not caught sooner.

For example, Fogle asked adult female prostitutes to find him young girls, offering them a finder’s fee if they did. He went on to have sex with these women to ensure they were not undercover officers.

Most astonishing is this:

Fogle continued to try to feed his desires even after Taylor’s arrest. As recently as June, he traveled out of state in an unsuccessful attempt to engage in sex with a minor, prosecutors said.

What type of person does that after seeing his partner in crime face serious charges? How could Fogle not know that the authorities would know about this? Or perhaps he did and wanted to do have sex with a child one last time.

All that remains now is to see whether the judge presiding over the case will accept the deal. If the deal is rejected, Fogle will face some very different consequences.

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3 thoughts on “Jared Fogle pleads guilty to child porn and sex abuse charges

  1. Here’s what has to change. I’ll bet, other than (possibly) being a Sandusky-esque front for a couple pedophiles, Jared’s weight loss program for kids never mentions that sexual abuse can be a cause of obsessive behavior. I’m sure they laid out the same old diet and exercise routines that every obese and anorexic person has heard before.
    Obese AND a sex-addict, which isn’t an “addiction” at all, it’s an obsession with sex. So it’s kind of a no-brainer Jared was molested. Whether he admits it or not he let it ruin his life.
    Louis CK came up with a great pedophile joke, believe it or not. Having brought up pedophiles said something like:
    “Think about it, the sex must be REALLY great.” Audience silence, “I mean c’mon, to risk everything, family, friends, livelihood, and still do it, man it must really be something.”
    Then the audience caught on to the absurdity and Louis CK actually made a couple cool points about a risky joke opening up public dialogue.
    For that I highly commend him. The more public dialogue the fewer Jared Fogles of tomorrow.

  2. Rev, …. one of those comments that… I applaud. And also am very sobered and saddened by. Because, it’s so true. And that truth is only known by those who’ve lived it. Learned it by experience. And rarely spoken, since, this truth is very, very unpopular these days. It makes me wonder if it has always been so over the centuries with humans.

  3. Thanks Allan. Child abuse is really a new historical concept; that is the correlation between early childhood experience and adult behavior. It’s really a nineteenth century phenomenon. For a great history of child abuse go to http://www.child-abuse-effects.com
    I think the main reason child abuse has never been historically significant is that women in general don’t talk about it. Feminists defensively bristle when the topic comes up. That’s because most abuse against children, other than sexual, is perpetrated by women.
    Collectively women have tremendous social impact. Just look at prohibition and the grave impact it had on the US in establishing networks of crime.
    Think if those same sex-righteous women had collectively directed their pious wisdom at making child abuse obsolete. Maybe there wouldn’t have been so many drunken men.

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