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FBI Raids Home of Subway’s Jared in Child Porn Sting

Jared Fogle
Jared Fogle pitches for Subway in Sep 2014 at SXSW, Austin. Photo: cc Anna Hanks

INDIANAPOLIS – This morning FBI agents raided the affluent home of Jared Fogle, the famous Subway spokesman, in connection with its child pornography investigation. Federal authorities began removing documents, computers and DVDs, taking them out to a large mobile forensics lab parked in his driveway, all while his two children were in the house.

A local CBS news report stated that Fogle's attorney Ron Elberger was not aware of the FBI's search warrant prior to the raid at the celebrity's home in Zionsville, Indiana. The attorney then released this comment:

"Jared has been cooperating with law enforcement and its investigation of certain unspecified activities and looks forward to its conclusion. Jared has not been arrested, detained or charged with anything."

It is believed that the raid is connected with the arrest of Fogle's top employee at his foundation set up to reduce obesity in children. Last May, U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler charged Russell Taylor, former executive director of the Jared Foundation, with a criminal complaint listing seven counts of production and one count of possession of child pornography. Law enforcement agents received information that Taylor was allegedly in possession of illegal pornographic images and served a warrant at his home on April 29, 2015.  

During the search, the investigators alleged that they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at his home. The investigators also allegedly found over 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media recovered from Taylor's home office in his Indianapolis residence. Some of these videos were produced inside the bathrooms or bedrooms of Taylor's current and former Indianapolis residences between 2012 and 2015. Senior Litigation Counsel Steven DeBrota said Taylor could face decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

A local Fox News report on May 1, 2015 revealed more disturbing allegations into the case involving the head of Fogle's foundation, founded in 2004. It said that in addition to the child porn and child exploitation investigation, police were also looking into claims Russell Taylor was also involved with bestiality.

On May 6, the former Jared Foundation director attempted to commit suicide in his Marion County jail cell. He was taken to an Indianapolis area hospital, where he was put on life support. The county sheriff confirmed that he did survive.

Subway severs ties with Jared

Late today, Subway said they were shocked about the news and very concerned about the investigation. The company issued a statement via Twitter regarding the allegations: "Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation." The statement said Fogle continues to cooperate with authorities and that he expects "no actions to be forthcoming." The sub sandwich chain also removed pages on its website that referenced Jared Fogle.

Jared Fogle became an overnight celebrity when Subway began featuring him in its commercials around the world in 1999, telling how he lost 235 pounds by eating subs every day and exercising. He eventually founded the Jared Foundation to encourage children to develop habits of healthy eating.

One report today by Mother Jones stated that in 2007, Fogle was accused of running a porn industry rental service from his dorm room when he was in college in the 1990s. Subway dismissed those allegations, saying they had "no knowledge" of the report.


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Janet Sparks is the former publisher of the Continental Franchise Review, an industry newsletter that covered the franchise community for over 30 years. She has also been a columnist for a leading franchise magazine for the past 13 years. Today she is an independent journalist who engages in investigative reporting, tackling complex issues that impact the franchise industry.

Janet can be reached at jsparks@bluemaumau.org or at 303-799-7398.