JARED INFLICTS MORE PAIN ON HIS VICTIM
The truth behind convicted pedophile Jared Fogle’s unthinkable plan to humiliate one of his victims in court
Jared Fogle has committed the most heinous of crimes. In 2015, the disgraced former Subway pitchman pleaded guilty to trading in child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. He’s confessed to hiring underage prostitutes and teens for sex. He’s taken pleasure in watching secretly recorded videos made by his friend and former charity head, Russell Taylor, in which children unknowingly changed and bathed as a clock-radio camera captured their every move.
But just when you thought he couldn’t sink any lower, he did. In September, Jared shocked the world again when he filed a lawsuit against the parents of one of his 14 victims. As part of his criminal conviction, Jared had been ordered to pay this victim $100,000 in restitution. The girl, known as “Jane Doe,” then sued Jared for $150,000 in March, claiming she’s suffered “significant emotional trauma” since discovering she’d been secretly filmed for his sick pleasure — and Jared filed claims against her parents, alleging that her emotional and psychological issues were actually their fault, not his. According to court papers obtained exclusively by In Touch, Jared, 39, planned to subpoena his victim’s school, medical and custody-battle records as well as grill her, her parents and her doctors on the stand. His twisted scare tactics seemed to work: On Oct. 20, his victim suddenly dropped her lawsuit. What Jared did was “despicable,” says attorney Monica Lindstrom, who doesn’t represent Jared or his victims. “I can completely understand why someone would believe Jared was despicable for threatening to treat a plaintiff this way.”
He stopped at nothing. In the court papers, Jared blamed Jane Doe’s parents (and not himself) for her distress, insisting that they gave her an unstable upbringing that significantly contributed to her issues, which included suicidal thoughts and major depressive disorder. “He is a convicted sex offender and he’s essentially blaming not only the victim, but the parents,” says Lindstrom, who believes even an unbiased jury would struggle with Jared’s argument. “People don’t like that.”
Jared didn’t care. He alleged that when Jane Doe’s parents split up, their daughter had to constantly rotate between their homes, which caused unnecessary stress, anxiety and trauma. Jared, who’s currently serving a 15-year sentence at Colorado’s Englewood prison, also claimed that her parents “maintained a hateful and abusive relationship toward each other” that included “frequent fighting,” “abusing alcohol” and “physical abuse.” He also claimed their negligent supervision led their daughter to engage in “alcohol abuse, substance abuse, self-mutilation and sexual activity with multiple partners” that occurred before she ever learned about what Jared and his friend had done.
Had the case moved forward, Jared would have destroyed Jane Doe’s life even more. “Any time the victim has to take the stand and testify, they’re being forced to relive the incident. It would have been very difficult for her to have to face him and talk about what happened,” says Lindstrom, adding that it’s also likely the girl’s identity would have leaked as the case played out.
In the end, the victim dropped her case. Despite speculation that Jared cut a secret deal with his victim, his attorney Ronald E. Elberger tells In Touch, “There was no settlement.” But there are no real winners here. “In light of the circumstance and his criminal conviction, Jared is very fortunate that the case was dismissed ‘with prejudice.’ That means that the victim can never bring this case against Jared again,” explains Lindstrom. “Jared is lucky, because the chances of him actually winning his lawsuit were very unlikely.” ◼
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