Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman who was convicted on child pornography charges, is suing one of his victim's parents.
Fogle filed a suit in an Indianapolis court alleging that the parents of a girl who was secretly filmed were responsible for her behavior, according to the Daily Mail.
Russell Taylor, Fogle’s business partner, secretly filmed underage girls using cameras around his home. For this, he was sentenced to 27 years in jail.
One of the girls filmed by Taylor was identified only as “Jane Doe” and it is her parents who are the subjects of Fogle’s suit.
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In the suit, Fogle pins the blame on Jane Doe’s parents, saying that their divorce and subsequent custody arrangements “caused unnecessary stress, anxiety, and trauma for Jane Doe,” the Daily Mail reported.
“B.T. and J.T. maintained a hateful and abusive relationship toward each other, which included, but was not limited to, engaging in frequent fighting and arguing between themselves; abusing alcohol and getting drunk; and engaging in frequent fighting, physical abuse, and arguing with Jane Doe, which caused Jane Doe to suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, and major depression before she learned of any allegations [about Fogle and Taylor],” the suit continued.
The parents have yet to respond to Fogle’s allegations.
“B.T. and J.T., by their actions, caused Jane Doe to suffer from emotional distress and depression which then resulted in Jane Doe engaging in destructive behaviors, including, but not limited to alcohol abuse, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicidal ideation with regard to which B.T. and J.T. are liable,” Fogle’s suit goes on to allege.
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Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and eight months on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sexual relations with a minor.
Earlier in 2016, Fogle sought to have his sentence reduced, but his appeal was thrown out by a federal appeals court.
The appeals court rejected Fogle’s allegation that he had been sentenced based on fantasies he had rather than acts he had committed.
“The district court also appropriately considered the perverse nature and circumstances of the offenses ... alongside ample evidence that Fogle repeatedly sought out and traveled to have sex with minors,” the judges wrote in their decision, according to the Indianapolis Star.