Likely months until Jared Fogle's guilty plea is finalized

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Posted: Aug 19, 2015 4:02 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jared Fogle's journey through federal court on criminal charges tied to child pornography is far from over after the former Subway pitchman made a brief court appearance Wednesday.

— THE CHARGES

Distribution and receipt of child pornography and conspiracy to do so; traveling to engage in illicit commercial sexual conduct with a minor and attempting to do so.

— WHAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY?

Fogle made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. The court entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf, even though he plans to plead guilty on a later date.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Dinsmore asked Fogle routine questions about his age and education level. He also asked if Fogle had read documents detailing the charges he faced. Dinsmore explained Fogle's rights, asked him if he had any questions and then briefly discussed the terms of his release during the roughly 12-minute hearing before a packed courtroom.

Fogle waived a reading of the charges and his right to a formal arraignment. Accompanied by three attorneys, he remained tight-lipped throughout the proceedings, offering mostly short "yes" or "no" answers the judge.

—WHAT'S NEXT?

Fogle was released on home detention, and GPS monitoring will be used to track him while he awaits his next court appearance.

That will likely be several months away, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. During that appearance, the judge will likely decide whether to accept a plea agreement and then determine the sentence.

The government has agreed not to seek a sentence of more than 12½ years in prison, and Fogle agreed not to ask for less than five years. Federal judges have wide discretion in sentencing, so Fogle could get a longer sentence. He also faces a fine of up to $500,000 and supervised release after he leaves prison.

Prosecutors released the terms of the deal, which would also require Fogle to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims, each of whom will get $100,000.