Reaction to Fogle case: 15 years not enough

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Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years; arrives at Kentucky jail
Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years; arrives at Kentucky jail
Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years; arrives at Kentucky jail
Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years; arrives at Kentucky jail
Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years; arrives at Kentucky jail
Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years; arrives at Kentucky jail

The Jared Fogle case shocked the country, and reaction was pouring in following Fogle's sentence to 15.6 years on child pornography and sex crimes charges.

Several Indianapolis residents WTHR spoke with felt it wasn't a long enough sentence.

"I don't think it was enough. Everyone trusted him and his image. He has a college education. He has a degree. For him to tell the judge that he thought it was okay, that's disgusting. I think he got what he deserves but he should've gotten a little bit more," said Sharron, an Indianapolis resident who was outside the courthouse," said Sharron, who went to the courthouse Thursday for the sentencing.

Anne, another Indianapolis resident, said, "As a mother, as a grandmother and a citizen, regardless of how much money you got, that wasn't right and you're only sorry when you get caught. He would have continued to keep doing it as long as he was getting away with it. He thought he was gonna get away with it. 15 years is not enough. Drug dealers get more than that. He was a sex offender."

A neighbor in Fogle's former Zionsville neighborhood said the sentence should be a wake-up call to other offenders.

"We need to have people realize before they're tempted how devastatingly awful the type of thing that he got that sentence for is. And I commend the judge, and I feel sorry for him, and I feel sorry for the victims," said Wendy Brant.

Read a summary of the sentencing here.

Jack Crawford, a defense attorney, spoke on Eyewitness News at Noon about the case. (Crawford did not work on the Fogle case.)

"This sentence is certainly fair and just for this kind of penalty and Mr. Fogle is receiving very strong punishment," said Crawford. 

In closing statements, the prosecution talked about Fogle's inability to control his demons. 

"At the time, I really didn't think through what I was doing," Fogle said in his statement Thursday. "At the time I though it was okay."

Fogle acknowledged the damage his behavior caused, and called it "horrible."

"I absolutely devastated my wife," Fogle said. "My son and daughter will have to live with this terrible burden of my actions."

But Crawford said Fogle's actions were premeditated. "Russell Taylor was providing, feeding this porno to Jared Fogle and Taylor worked for Fogle. So Fogle could have fired him in a minute. He's feeding, producing this to give to Jared and Jared's taking that, feeding his depravity, his demons, and going out to try and recruit young people for sex. It's a story that is so disgusting that it's difficult for people to even think about, but it's part of our society. And remember this - the internet is what makes this more prevalent," he said.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said the use of electronic media was pivotal in the case. FBI agents confiscated hard drives and other data in the July raid on Fogle's home.

"The internet does a lot of good things, but it also feeds a lot of the depravity that exists in our society. That's what happened in this case," Crawford said.

"The one thing that stood out to me in this entire case is that Jared Fogle solicited adult prostitutes to get him younger victims. He would pay them extra if they could secure a child for sexual purposes. These are adult prostitutes. They didn't do it. They were offered money. These were prostitutes who said, 'we're drawing the line.' That's amazing," said Crawford.

Crawford also addressed Fogle's sexual addiction - and why it didn't surface sooner.

"Why didn't someone report this to authorities earlier? The shame is not just on Jared Fogle today, but it's a little bit on all of us," said Crawford. "People who knew him, people who interacted with him. Someone had to know, and decided not to report it."

While Fogle was traveling the world advocating weight loss and Subway products, "he was out there recruiting victims," said Crawford. 

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