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11/19/2015 04:48 pm ET

Psychiatrist In Jared Fogle Case Links Weight Loss And 'Mild Pedophilia'

Not the best endorsement for the Subway diet.

A psychiatrist who testified in Jared Fogle's case said the former Subway spokesman's actions may have been a result of his drastic weight loss. 

Fogle, who famously lost more than 200 pounds on a diet largely made up of the chain's sandwiches, was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Thursday for possession of child porn and crossing state lines to have paid sex with a minor. 

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Fogle's defense attorney had Dr. John Bradford, the forensic psychiatrist who evaluated Fogle, testify by phone on his behalf, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Bradford cited Fogle's rapid weight loss as a trigger for his criminal activity. 

"Once he lost weight, it seemed as though in a short time he had hyper-sexuality," Bradford said. "There are brain disorders that can be associated with sexual drive."

The doctor characterized Fogle as having "mild pedophilia," due to his "mild or infrequent fantasies about pre-pubertal children" and interest in "older minors," namely girls "14 to 17 years of age."

When prosecutor Steve DeBrota asked Bradford if "mild" or "weak" pedophilia were terms that other experts in the field used or if he'd come up with them "to provide scaling to the word pedophilia," Bradford said he had come up with them himself. 

Psychologist Rick May, who testified for the defense, said he doesn't use the term "weak pedophilia."

Bradford did not immediately return The Huffington Post's request for comment. 

Some Twitter users weren't too impressed with the psychiatrist's explanation.

Bradford's bizarre comments weren't the only notable moments of the trial. When Fogle reportedly sobbed as he told the court that his wife would be a single mother if he went to prison, the judge was unmoved. 

"You gave your wife $7 million" the judge interrupted, "so she'll be OK."

Fogle's defense attorney, Andrew Richard DeVooght, said his client had been punished enough because he had lost his job, marriage and reputation.

"The time in prison will be harder for him than for prisoners who committed the exact same offense," DeVooght told the court while trying to lower Fogle's sentence.

"Mr. Fogle has destroyed his life," he added. "He did it to himself. ... His punishment is not going to stop when he gets out of prison. Sixty months is enough for him to know he'll never do this again."

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