Fogle pleads guilty to charges of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography. Prosecutors allege that Fogle knew the pornography had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation. The court documents say that Fogle paid for sex at New York City hotels with two girls under age 18 — one of whom was 17. (In a discrepancy, the plea agreement refers to the two girls as being 16, and that one of them also had sex with Fogle after she turned 17). One of the girls told investigators she had sex with Fogle three times in November 2012 and again two months later, in January. After their first meeting, Fogle allegedly texted the girl and offered to pay her a fee if she could find him another underage girl to pay for sex acts. During these discussions, Fogle “stated that he would accept a 16-year-old girl, while stating that the younger the girl, the better”. Prosecutor:
This is about using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children.
When the judge asks whether he has any questions about his rights Fogle quietly answers “no”. Fogle is expected to enter the formal plea at a later date. The agreement released by prosecutors says Fogle will pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, who will each receive $100,000. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and undergo treatment for sexual disorders. The government agreed not to seek a sentence of more than 12½ years in prison, and Fogle agreed not to ask for less than five years, according to court documents. Fogle’s attorney:
Jared also knows that he has a medical problem. He has already sought evaluation by a world class psychiatrist, experienced in these matters and he wills seek appropriate treatment…[Fogle] knows that restitution can’t undo the damage that he’s done.