Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson described by an FBI informant as "a monster" for the child pornography and underage sex crime case that led him to a 15-year jail sentence this summer, has filed a notice of appeal. The Associated Press reports that "Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota said Tuesday that prosecutors cannot comment yet 'because we won't know his grounds for appeal until his brief is filed.'" Fogle's appeal arguments, to be heard by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, are due January 25.
In July, the FBI raided the Zionsville, Ind. home of the former weight loss icon for the Subway Diet, confiscating electronics and media. By August, texts had surfaced in which Fogle admitted to paying for "amazing" sex with a 16-year-old. He even told one victim his preferences were "the younger the better."
In August Fogle pled guilty in August to collecting child pornography and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors, one of the many twisted euphemisms employed throughout the case that notably avoids the word "rape," making the victims sound more like willing partners than victims. Minors in this country cannot legally consent to sex; as such, the term "statutory rape" seems entirely fitting for Fogle's actions. He is now a registered sex offender, and is paying $100,000 in restitution to each of 14 victims of his crimes.