“I really royally screwed up to wind up where I am,” the father-of-two wrote in a hand-written letter dated Nov. 7, 2021, and exclusively obtained by The Post. “I was selfish and entitled.”
Fogle — who prosecutors said had some 400 child-porn videos in his possession — pleaded guilty in August 2015 to a child pornography charge and paying for sex with an underage girl after traveling from Indiana to New York City. He was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims.
He is now serving 15 years and eight monthsat the Federal Correctional Institution (F.C.I.) in Englewood, Colo.
This is the first time that Fogle, now 44, has spoken about his life behind bars.
He wrote that he is inspired by a line from the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.”
“Something like, ‘You can either get busy living or get busy dying’ when you are sent to prison. I’ve done everything I can to get busy living and make the most of this unwanted experience.”
Former Assistant US Attorney Steven DeBrota, one of the prosecutors in Fogle’s trial, told The Post that Fogle’s “unwanted experience” was not caused by “a single mistake or bad decision — [it was] the result of a long-standing and persistent pattern of criminal behavior.”
“The case will always be about [Fogle’s] victims, not his prior successes in life, his latest characterization of his actions or his present situation,” added DeBrota, who served 30 years as a federal prosecutor and is now now Vice President and Chief Counsel at the National White Collar Crime Center.
Fogle, who wrote that he thinks “about all the people I’ve let down every single day, especially my family,” has a son and a daughter, now 11 and 9, with his second wife, Kathleen McLaughlin. After he was busted on the sex charges, she announced she was seeking a divorce, which was finalized three months later.
The former Subway spokesman came to fame in 1999, with his claim to have defeated obesity by exercising and slashing his daily calorie intake to 2,000 from 10,000. Lunch was the chain’s six-inch turkey sub, a bag of baked potato chips and a Diet Coke. For dinner, he ate a foot-long veggie sub and a Diet Coke. Fogle piled up an estimated $15 million fortune appearing in Subway’s advertising campaigns.