The average pedophile has at least 100 victims. According to court documents, 14 victims have come forward. Those are 14 victims they know. The next task should be to identify and help the children in those videos and pictures, who were abused in person. Fogel had a minion “get” his victims. So where did these children come from, how were they selected?
Court documents state the identified 14 victims will receive $100,00 each, a total of $1.4 million. The details of this restitution are sketchy, but Fogle should not only be forced to pay restitution, but also for lifelong therapy. What is the cost of losing innocence and being forever scarred?
From Jared Fogel's case: "his defense called forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford, who ... evaluated Fogle. Bradford ... said Fogle's "hypersexuality" was heightened by the extreme weight loss he experienced in college." (As cited on CBSnews.com. This is the media reporting, meaning it can be trusted 50/50).
Professional opinions on the stand are too often the best selected opinion for the side, for the money. Both the prosecution and defense are guilty of this system. As an example: a prosecution team questions three psychiatrists for their professional opinion of the defendant. Two psychiatrists report the defendant is mentally ill, and not culpable. The third psychiatrist reports the defendant is not mentally ill and was well aware of his actions during the commencement of the crime. Guess which psychiatrist will get the job of testifying for the prosecution? And these professionals make a lot of money to give their "professional opinion” in court. They are paid for just showing up to court, and paid more if they take the stand. Dr. Amador, who testified in the Paul Reid trials in the late 1990s, made $5,987.06 for his work and opinions.
Rather than blare lurid headlines, and call the case “closed,” the media, the legal system, and all those involved -- to include Jared Fogel -- should use this case to educate the public on sex crimes against children. Here is a chance to utilize a high-profile case as an example of how predators select their victims, why pedophiles “do what they do,” and ways to help protect children from becoming victims. Instead of tsk-tsking, being shocked, and being grossed out, the public can educate themselves. Yes, it is horrific, shocking, and gross ... thus we need to demand tougher laws and penalties, and education on prevention.
A case takes the headlines (Jodie Arias, OJ Simpson, Lizzie Borden) for months. Then it becomes old news. Another case grabs and keeps the headlines, and our attention is diverted. This will happen in the Jared Fogle case; except for a few updates, Barbara Walters interview, or something shocking occurs, he will become old news. But crimes against children will never be old news. This is what Jared Fogel should teach us.
Jared Fogel’s child molestation case should not be closed. Victims need to be assisted. The legal system for “professional opinions” needs to be carefully scrutinized. The public should be educated rather than shocked … because, unlike this case, sex crimes against kids will never go away. And this is a price we all pay, if we don’t learn something.