Jared Fogle Prosecutors Say Shocking Sex Texts Justify Sentence

4/18/2016 2:11 PM PDT

Jared Fogle got what he deserved ... more than the maximum recommended sentence for child molestation ... this according to prosecutors who just submitted Fogle's text messages showing shocking depravity.

Fogle is asking an appeals court to throw out his 15.6 year sentence, claiming the judge should not have sentenced him to more than the max recommended in the plea deal -- 12 1/2 years.

The U.S. Attorney just filed legal docs saying Fogle's conduct warrants the harsher sentence, pointing to text messages he sent to a woman who apparently procured minors for his sexual pleasure.

In one text, Fogle writes, "Is your Asian friend available?" She responds, "Are you going to pay me, too, or can I come back?" He replies, "I'll pay you big for a 14 or 15-year-old."

Fogle and the woman then haggle over price -- he's willing to pay $400 if the child is 16 or younger. He then says, "Do you have any access to any young girls? Like 15 or 16?" She asks, "Why, baby?" He says, "Cause it's what I crave."