Doctor says Fogle's hypersexuality increased after his dramatic weight loss

By Christine Pelisek
Updated November 23, 2015 02:15 PM
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Three months before former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for charges related to sex with minors and child pornography, he spent two days in Canada being evaluated by a forensic psychiatrist considered an expert in sexual deviance.

John Bradford, a professor at the University of Ottawa, tells PEOPLE that Fogle has hypersexuality that kicked in after the dramatic weight loss that made him famous, that he only has “mild” pedophilia, and that he spent at least $12,000 a year on prostitutes. (Fogle’s attorney declined comment to PEOPLE for this article.)

Bradford evaluated Fogle in mid-August, before he agreed to a plea deal in which he confessed that he had sex with two girls, one as young as 16, at hotels in New York City. The 38-year-old father of two also admitted that he received images of child porn from Russell Taylor, who ran Fogle’s non-profit, the Jared Foundation. Taylor has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he used hidden cameras in his homes to make more than 400 child pornography videos, some of which he shared with Fogle, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Bradford says his analysis of Fogle included six hours of interviews and a so-called “falumetric” test of the response of his genitals to various stimuli. Part of the testing included having Fogle listen to audiotapes that described different sexual situations between adults and children and adults and adults to see what sexually aroused him.

Bradford concluded that Fogle suffers from hypersexuality, mild pedophilia and alcohol abuse and dependency.

“One of his problems was that he had an increased sex drive,” he says. “The second problem was he had some problems with attractions to teenaged girls and also to young girls.”

“When I tested him in my laboratory he did show some sexual interest in prepubertal children so that would be 13 years of age or less,” says Bradford. “That is part of a presentation of pedophilia. In this case, there was no evidence of him ever having hands on contact with a child so the pedophilia would be mild. It is fantasies as opposed to direct sexual contact.”

“The other part of it is if you look at the kind of natural history of pedophilia the urges and fantasies develop during teenage years and the behavior starts to occur around 19 or 20,” he says. “He doesn t have the typical natural history and again there was no evidence, and he was investigated, other than the exposure to child pornography, that he molested a child.”

However, on the Dr. Phil show in October, a man purported to be Fogle is heard on a secret phone recording recalling his first sexual encounter with an “11- or 12-year-old” girl, an experience he calls “wonderful.”

At one point, the speaker says that luring sixth- and seventh-graders into sexual situations is not difficult, because “they’re very much into exploring.”

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Doctor Says Fogle’s Hypersexuality Increased After Dramatic Weight Loss

Bradford says Fogle had a compulsive eating disorder and his hypersexuality appeared to kick in after he lost over 200 pounds, partly by eating Subway sandwiches in college.

“He was somebody who had a compulsive eating disorder from when he was quite young,” says Bradford. “As a young child he was morbidly obese probably by the age of 7, and he remained morbidly obese through to his third year at university when he started eating Subway sandwiches and he lost a significant amount of weight.

“He went from 450 pounds down to around 200 over about one year. Up until that point his sex drive was very low and after that his sex drive increased quite dramatically.”

Bradford says people who are diagnosed with hypersexuality “often end up looking at pornography or are engaged in multiple extramarital affairs or using the sex trade. Many of those things applied to him. I think the hypersexuality was the thing that took him down this path that led to the tragic event that he is now in prison for 15 years.”

Doctor Says Fogle Spent At Least $12,000 Annually on Prostitutes

During his evaluation, Fogle admitted he had sex with prostitutes on a couple of occasions in his late teens but increased exponentially when he became a Subway pitchman, Bradford says. Although Fogle admitted to extramarital affairs, Bradford says Fogle was more interested in having sex with prostitutes.

“His sexuality was driven more towards the sex trade than extramarital affairs,” he says. “He certainly was using a significant number of prostitutes in any given year.”

Fogle spent a minimum of $12,000 a year on prostitutes, he says.

Bradford said that Fogle, who must register as a sex offender after his release from prison, is unlikely to reoffend. “I think the chances are very low,” he says.