The truth be­hind con­victed pe­dophile Jared Fogle’s un­think­able plan to hu­mil­i­ate one of his vic­tims in court

In Touch (USA) - - Legal News -

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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