May 1, 2016
Jared Fogle's Letter To Brena Firkins: Still Has A Long Road Ahead, Says Therapist

Brena Firkins kept in touch with Jared Fogle after he was arrested. She mentioned that she felt sorry for him. But, his words might indicate that he's not ready.

Jared Fogle found an outlet through a friend of the past. Likewise, his outlet was via mail and email correspondence. The Inquisitr previously covered a story about Jared's letter. However, at the time, Fogle's friend had not been revealed, nor had she made any statements regarding her exchange with the ex-Subway representative.

The source mentions that Jared has been abused since he's been imprisoned. However, Fogle says his treatment is unfair, given the "little involvement" he had with the charges he received. Essentially, Jared said that his business partner did some bad things and attempted to throw him under the bus with him for "alleged fantasies."

Yet, after reviewing Fogle's letter, Indianapolis sex therapist Carol Juergensen Sheets says that it's obvious that he hasn't gone through enough recovery. According to Fox-59 News, she mentions the following statements about Jared.
"He hasn't figured out what he needs to do to get healthy. From that letter, he's minimizing, and sex addicts or people that have sexual compulsivity tend to minimize, justify, and defend themselves, and that's what I see in the letter. He's obviously a man who hasn't had enough recovery yet to be 100 percent responsible for his behavior."
The source states that, before Fogle began his prison sentence, he attended Sex Addicts Anonymous twice a week in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, currently, his Englewood prison location also offers specialized sex offender treatment programs.
As for Fogle's past friendship, according to Fox-59 News, Jared and Brena met on a dating site eight years ago, and they experienced a sexual relationship for approximately a month.

She notes that she and Fogle used to spend a lot of time together. The source quotes her as follows.

"We just had a good time. He was, like, real generous. He took me shopping a lot. He paid for everything. He paid for my rent. He would give me gift cards."
Brena Firkins mentions that she felt sorry for Jared Fogle, and thought to check up on him. However, Fogle started flirting with her and attempting to pursue a relationship. Now, she says she doesn't contact him at all. Firkins mentions, "I didn't want to hurt his feelings, so I didn't say too much. He's actually probably mad at me now because of this."

According to another report by the same source, Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 and a half years behind bars. The source states that Jared "pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive child pornography and traveling to have sex with minors."

So, this is possibly the area that Fogle's therapist mentions as a lack of responsibility on Jared's part. If he actually traveled to have sex with minors, it was more than "just fantasy." For his crimes, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt told Fogle that the court had the authority to sentence him harsher than it did. Technically, Jared could've received 50 years, minimum.

Although Fogle's prosecutors asked for 12.5 years — and Jared's defense asked for 5 years — the judge went above those requests, but below the sentencing potential.

Nevertheless, as mentioned Jared Fogle's letter, he's attempting to appeal his prison sentence. Likewise, Fogle says that he's hoping for the best, because his time inside hasn't been easy. In fact, Jared expressed that it's been a "very hard nine months."

All in all, what do you think about Fogle's letter and statements to Brena? In addition, what do you think about the therapist's advice? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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