The public face of the Subway Company, Jared Fogle, will plead guilty to child-sex and pornography charges to spend at least five years in prison and pay $1.4 million to his victims, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Fogle flew numerous times to New York City to have sex with at least two underage girls.
According to allegations made by prosecutors, he knew that child pornography he received had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation.
The court document states that Fogle paid for sex at New York City hotels with two girls under the age of 18 years old, one of whom was 17.
Jared Fogle gave no comment regarding the charges against him when questioned by the judge in the courtroom.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Fogle traveled to engage in sexual acts with the underage girls in exchange for money from 2007 and that he repeatedly planned business trips to coincide with sexual pursuits.
Fogle first appeared in Subway advertisements in 2000 after losing 245 pounds on his famous Subway diet in 1998. He then became a celebrity and established his nonprofit Jared Foundation to raise awareness about childhood obesity in 2004.
He is estimated to have accumulated a net worth of $15 million since then partly due to over his 300 advertisements for the sandwich-shop franchise, according to celebritynetworth.com.
“Jared Fogle used his trips to New York on behalf of both Subway and his Jared Foundation to seek out child prostitutes for sex,” said assistant US Attorney Steven DeBrota.
“This is about using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children,” US Attorney Josh Minkler said.
Subway suspended its partnership with Fogle in July.