In the trial, the Indianapolis Star reports that forensic psychiatrist John Bradford testified by phone that Fogle’s rapid weight loss is what led to his criminal desires: “Once he lost weight, it seemed as though in a short time he had hyper-sexuality,” Bradford said. “There are brain disorders that can be associated with sexual drive.” Bradford also downplayed the extent of Fogle’s pedophilia.
Former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle pleaded guilty to child pornography and additional sex crime charges on Thursday, though it was defense psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford who initiated gasps in the court room. According to Bradford’s analysis, Fogle became “hypersexual” after losing more than 240 pounds while constantly consuming Subway sandwiches.
“Once he lost weight, it seemed as though in a short time he had hypersexuality,” Bradford said during the sentencing, according to the Indianapolis Star. Bradford added that Fogle “battled” an eating disorder throughout his college years, resulting in his decision to slim down via the Subway diet before eventually becoming the face of the company. The psychiatrist confirmed that Fogle experienced “mild or infrequent fantasies about pre-pubertal children,” according to the New York Post, but the ultimate diagnosis was “mild pedophilia.”
Fogle’s attorneys insist that the disgraced Subway celebrity is “profoundly sorry for what he has done,” adding that he apparently suffers from the aforementioned hypersexuality and “alcohol abuse/dependence.” Though his attorneys were seeking a five-year prison sentence, Fogle was ultimately sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.