In a controversy that shocked the nation, the former spokesperson for the sandwich chain "Subway", Jared Fogle, is expected to plead guilty to charges of possession of child pornography. Back in July, FBI officials with a warrant raided Fogle's home in Indiana and seized electronics. Back in May, the executive director of the Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was arrested on federal child pornography charges. It then became known in early August that Fogle would be facing federal charges for sex with minors and possession and distribution of child pornography.
According to court documents released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis, Fogle used websites to solicit commercial sex and traveled to engage in sexual acts with minors from 2007 until June 2015. The documents also allege that he received images and videos of nude children from Russell Taylor. It is reported that Fogle will have to pay $1.4 million to 14 victims in restitution for counseling, support, treatment, and other assistance related to their victimization. He was released from the courthouse with electronic monitoring until his sentencing.
What Happens with Investigations Involving Child Pornography?
As illustrated by the Fogle case, law enforcement takes accusations and suspicions of child pornography and sex crimes against minors very seriously. Investigations usually begin with a tip at the local or state level, involving local departments as well as the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Eventually federal agencies will get involved, such as the FBI.
In Washington State, Chapter 9.68a of the Revised Code of Washington Covers every crime dealing with the Sexual Exploitation of Children. A person commits the crime of possession of child pornography if s/he "knowingly possesses a visual or printed matter depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct." See RCW 9.68A.70. It is a Class B felony punishable by up to ten years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.
Additionally, transmitting or receiving child pornography through the internet or mail triggers federal charges. This is because the actions have moved beyond more than one state line. Under the federal statute, one faces a statutory minimum of 15 years imprisonment to 30 years-- even for first time offenders. See 18 U.S.C. § 2252. Those with prior convictions face even harsher penalties.
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