INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/MEDIA GENERAL) — Former Subway pitchman, Jared Fogle, gave tearful testimony in federal court Thursday in Indianapolis. For the first time, we heard from the man at the center of the child porn scandal.
He started by saying, “Where do I even try to begin? For most of my adult life, I’ve been in the spotlight trying to be a positive role model for others.”
Fogle was breathing very heavily and seemed extremely nervous. He broke down in tears about halfway through, when he was talking about the victims. He did not stop crying for the remainder of his statement.
Fogle says he became dependent on alcohol, porn and prostitutes. Fogle repeatedly expressed a desire to redeem himself, and said, “I can never change my deplorable past choices.”
Fogle pointed out that his wife has also suffered because of his actions. But, the judge interrupted by quipping, “You gave your wife $7 million, though. She’ll be fine.”
Fogle said he did not understand the consequences of his actions. In the end, Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision.