INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade.

Prosecutors allege that Fogle knew the pornography had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation.

Authorities reviewed tens of thousands of text messages and emails as part of their investigation into Fogle, who used “wealth, status and secrecy” to exploit children, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said.

A tight-lipped Fogle sat in federal court with his hands clasped and quietly answered “no” when the judge asked whether he had any questions about his rights. He is expected to enter the formal plea at a later date to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography.

The agreement released by prosecutors said Fogle will pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, who will each receive $100,000. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and undergo treatment for sexual disorders.

LONG PRISON TERM POSSIBLE

The government agreed not to seek a sentence of more than 121/2 years in prison, and Fogle agreed not to ask for less than five years.

Federal judges have wide discretion in sentencing, and Fogle could get a longer sentence.

Fogle “knows that restitution can’t undo the damage that he’s done, but he will do all in his power to try to make it right,” defense attorney Jeremy Margolis told reporters.

The married father of two, he added, has a “medical problem” and “expects to get well.”

Fogle, 37, became Subway’s pitchman after shedding more than 200 pounds as a college student, in part by eating the chain’s sandwiches. He was the public face of the company for more than 15 years – a period in which its number of locations tripled, making Subway the world’s largest restaurant chain.

Subway suspended the partnership in July after agents raided his home in Zionsville, Indiana, and the chain said this week that it had ended its relationship with Fogle.

Federal prosecutors allege that Fogle traveled to pay for sex acts, including with minors, from 2007 until as recently as June and that he repeatedly planned business trips to coincide with his sexual pursuits.

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