INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 19, 2015) – Jared Fogle’s wife, Katie, released a statement today announcing her decision to file for divorce. This statement came hours before her husband made his first court appearance regarding child pornography charges.
“Obviously, I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared. I am in the process of seeking a dissolution of the marriage. My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children. Neither I nor my family will have any further comment on the matter. I appreciate respect for my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Jared appeared in front of federal magistrate Mark Dinsmore during an 11 a.m. hearing. He was not wearing a wedding ring in court.
He is accused of distributing and receiving child pornography and conspiracy to distribute as well as engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors, according to court documents.
The first count carries a prison term between 5 and 17 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The second count carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In addition, Fogle would have to pay $1.4 million in restitution–$100,000 to each of 14 minor victims involved in the case. The money would be used to provide counseling, support and other services.
After Fogle left the courthouse, his attorney Jeremy Margolis said Fogle will agree to plead guilty. He also said Fogle has a “medical problem” and “expects to go to prison.”
Fogle’s family issued this statement following his court hearing:
“Our family is shocked and profoundly disappointed in Jared’s abhorrent criminal behavior and we are very concerned for the well being of those affected by his conduct. At the same time, we are gratified that Jared is accepting responsibility for what he has done by agreeing to plea guilty to the charges filed today and by volunteering to make restitution to the victims. We are also gratified that he is seeking medical treatment. We hope that he will become healthy again and are confident that after he serves his sentence, he will continue to make amends. We look forward to the day that he rejoins our family and society.
We will not be granting any media interviews. Our plan is to comfort each other and heal and we ask that the media respect our family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”