Jared Fogle, quoted as saying “the younger, the better” when seeking minors for sexual purposes, may face up to 20 years in prison, though prosecutors have agreed not to ask for more than 12 years. Fogle agreed to a plea deal last Thursday that would minimize his sentence to a possible five years with a maximum of 12.5 years.
Five years shouldn’t even be an option, and is 12 years really long enough?
According to Business Insider, Fogle repeatedly tried to get access to minors as young as 14 for sexual purposes. Fogle went as far as to ask a Subway franchisee for access to her underage cousin. Fogle will seek psychiatric treatment for his sexual attraction to children and will provide monetary compensation to those he’s hurt. If Fogle felt bad for his attraction to minors then he would have sought “psychiatric treatment” prior to acting on his urges.
This sentence is supposed to be a punishment for the crimes he’s already committed and planned to commit. It sounds like Fogle has been allowed a lenient sentence for being cooperative and apologetic — or being wealthy and famous — neither of which make up for what he did.
Fogle lives in Indiana, a state where the consent law is 16. According to New York consent laws, a person is guilty of sexual misconduct when they engage in sexual conduct with someone without that person’s consent — which, in New York, people under the age of 17 cannot give. It’s been said again and again: Sex without consent is rape. A shorter prison sentence should not be an option for someone guilty of raping minors and planning to rape minors.
That same source states that a person is guilty of rape in the second degree when being over the age of 18 and engaging in sexual relations with someone under 15. It seems as though Fogle plotted to have sexual relations with children under 15 numerous times, which should reflect on his prison sentence. Premeditated crimes are still punishable because the primary reason they are not committed is simply due to lack of opportunity.
In New York, Fogle allegedly paid for sexual relations with a 16-year-old three separate times and once with a 17-year-old. A person patronizes a prostitute when he or she pays or agrees to pay another person in exchange for sexual conduct, according to New York penal laws. Each offense would be considered sexual misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $1,000 and a possible year in prison.
Statutory rape is when someone over the age of 18 has sexual relations with a minor, even if the sexual conduct was consensual. If the allegations against Fogle prove true, he would be guilty of multiple counts of third-degree rape, a Class E felony, which grants up to four years in prison.
“Jared Fogle is being charged with one count of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count for the distribution and receipt of child pornography and the conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography,” said Hayley Peterson, a senior reporter at Business Insider.
Those charges involve 14 female and male minors, each of whom will receive a total of $100,000. A total of $1.4 million seems like chump change when it’s estimated that Fogle has a net worth of $15 million. The charges seem to mysteriously be missing the prostitution and statutory rape offenses.
Fogle will not be able to have unsupervised meetings or communication with minors for an unspecified amount of time following his jail time. He will have monitoring software on his computer, and his home and computer will be open to searches at any time.
These minor inconveniences cannot hold a candle to the longer prison sentence he deserves when his other crimes are considered.
Alissa Smith is a contributing writer for Central Florida Future.