By Susan Guyett
INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Former Subway sandwich spokesman Jared Fogle on Thursday is scheduled to be sentenced to prison after he officially pleads guilty to child pornography and sex charges.
Fogle, who became famous after losing weight on a diet that included sandwiches from the fast food chain, agreed in August to a deal with prosecutors under which he would plead guilty to charges of child pornography and traveling for illicit paid sex with minors.
Under his agreement with prosecutors, Fogle is set to change his plea to guilty on Thursday and be sentenced by a U.S. district judge in Indianapolis. Subway fired Fogle when reports of the plea agreement emerged. He already began paying $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims.
Federal prosecutors recommended last week that Fogle spend 12 and a half years in prison and be under lifetime supervision. After leaving prison, he would also have to register as a sex offender in any state where he worked or lived.
The sentencing recommendation leaves the door open for further charges against the well-known pitchman, if other evidence emerges. Authorities have so far identified 12 victims of child pornography in Indiana, along with two teenage victims of child prostitution in New York, according to court documents.
Fogle has stated that he was sexually attracted to children as young as eight years old, the government said.
(Reporting by Susan Guyett; Editing by Andrew Hay)