Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, pictured at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis, was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on sex and child pornography charges. (Michael Conroy/AP)

Scoop: Jared Fogle, ex-Subway guy, gets 15 years in prison on sex charges

Jared Fogle, the “Subway guy,” is going behind bars.

On Thursday, the former sandwich pitchman was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and sex charges, Reuters reported.

Fogle, who became famous from commercials touting dramatic weight loss by eating sandwiches, agreed in court in Indianapolis to avoid pornography and get sexual disorder treatment.

In addition, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced him to a lifetime of supervision and a $175,000 fine.

Fogle was remanded to the custody of a U.S. marshal, and Pratt recommended he go to a prison in Colorado.

John Bradford, a psychiatrist speaking for the defense at the sentencing hearing, said Fogle was mostly attracted 16 and 17-year-olds, not prepubescents. Prosecutors countered by reading a text from Fogle in which he said he wanted prostitutes “the younger the better.”

“He traded a horrible food addiction for a horrible sex addiction,” said defense attorney Jeremy Margolis.

Fogle cried during his statement in court, saying his wife and children would never get over this.

“You gave your wife $7 million, she’ll be OK,” the judge responded. Fogle’s wife has filed for divorce, according to media reports.

Subway fired Fogle when reports of the plea agreement emerged. He has begun to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims who are minors.

TAKE A HIKE

Don’t shop — take a hike. That’s what Save the Redwoods League is telling folks to do Black Friday. The group is covering the day-use cost for visitors to redwood parks the day after Thanksgiving. Bay Area locales include Annadel State Park, Jack London State Historic Park, Mount Tamalpais State Park and Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Visit www.savetheredwoods.org to download a pass.

In the same spirit, REI is closing its retail store doors on Black Friday, paying employees not to work and pushing an online campaign “OptOutside.”

On the other hand, in the spirit of capitalism, these stores will be open Thanksgiving Day: J.C. Penney, Kohl, Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, Sears and Macy’s.


QUICK TAKES

The 15th San Francisco Sketchfest in January will host Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Sally Michael Showalter, Jeff Goldblum and Patton Oswalt. … Ryan Seacrest announced that “American Idol” will go out with a bang, with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler, Ellen DeGeneres, Nicki Minaj and Kara DioGuardi participating in the final season.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Oakland A Sam Fuld is 34. … Singer Dierks Bentley is 40. … Actress Bo Derek is 59. … Musician Joe Walsh is 68. ,,, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is 73. … Comedian Dick Smothers is 77. … Actress Estelle Parsons is 88. … Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 90.

— Wire report

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