As part of his guilty plea, former face of Subway Jared Fogle has agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims. Ten of them have already gotten their money, which in the grand scheme of things doesn’t seem like much.
That’s according to the AP.
The $100,000 checks were hand-delivered to each of the 10 victims or their parents over the last several weeks, with each signing a form saying they had received the money and that it is intended to benefit that particular victim, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota told The Associated Press on Thursday.
DeBrota said he’s handled only one other case in which restitution was paid to victims before sentencing in nearly a quarter-century of prosecuting child porn cases.
Four more victims will receive restitution, as well, with the money available for things like counseling, in order to help them “go on with their lives and put them where they should have been had none of this happened,” said DeBrota.
Fogle will be sentenced on November 19. The AP spoke to Seattle attorney Carol Hepburn, who has worked on child porn cases and said most restitution payments are never made, but hopes it makes zero difference in regards to the length of Fogle’s sentence: “I would hope that justice is equal for those who have money as well as those who don’t.”
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