In a move that US Attorney Steven DeBrota says he has only seen once before in his 25 years of dealing with child porn cases, prison-bound former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has paid restitution to most of his victims before sentencing. DeBrota tells the AP that $100,000 checks from Fogle have been delivered to 10 victims or their parents in recent weeks. He says the money is intended for health care and counseling and will help the victims "go on with their lives and put them where they should have been had none of this happened." DeBrota says so far, three adults and seven minors have received checks and that the other four victims should have their money by the time Fogle is sentenced next month.
Fogle will be going to prison no matter how much he pays out: Under a plea deal, the prosecutors say they'll seek no more than 12 1/2 years in prison—and Fogle will not ask for a sentence of less than five years. Fogle's lawyer says he "fully recognizes that such monetary contribution will not undo the harm he has caused" but hopes it can help "these individuals as they try to move forward with their lives," the New York Daily News reports. Seattle attorney Carol Hepburn, who has helped child porn victims seek restitution, tells the AP that Fogle's ability to pay large amounts of compensation shouldn't affect his sentence, and she hopes "justice is equal for those who have money as well as those who don't." (Subway has admitted that it failed to act on a "serious" complaint about Fogle.)