Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Jared Fogle case submitted their requests for sentencing on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. Fogle’s attorneys asked the judge for a five-year prison term, saying in court documents that he “is profoundly sorry.” Prosecutors requested a 12 ½-year term.
In August, Fogle plead guilty in Indiana to one count each of distribution and receipt of child pornography, which carries a maximum 20 years in prison, and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, which carries a maximum 30 years.
As part of his deal, the AP reports, defense attorneys agreed they would seek a minimum of five years, while prosecutors agreed they would seek a maximum of 12 ½ years. Federal judges, however, discretion to go beyond either side’s recommendations.
Fogle’s friend and business partner Russell Taylor has also agreed to plead guilty to child exploitation and child pornography charges. Authorities said he used hidden cameras to film 12 minors—including girls as young as 12—when they were nude or changing clothes.
In court filings, federal prosecutors said that the facts of the case “provide a window to Fogle’s history and character,” and that he not only received photos or videos of eight of those 12 from Taylor but encouraged him in his activities:
In the government’s filing, prosecutors said that “Fogle has sacrificed absolutely everything he had built—including his family—to engage in sexually explicit conduct with two minors. He emboldened a molester and a producer of child pornography.”
Court documents detailing the charges against the 38-year-old father of two say that Fogle had sex at New York City hotels with two girls under age 18—one of whom was 16 at the time—and paid them for that sex.
“He seemed ok at first,” she said of Taylor. “He seemed like a nice person, but as time progressed, it kind of got creepier and creepier.”