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Subway Ex-Spokesman Jared to Plead Guilty to Child Pornography

INDIANPOLIS – The Associated Press tweeted this evening that Subway pitchman Jared Fogle will enter a guilty plea tomorrow to possession of child pornography. An Indiana television station first reported the news, citing sources it did not identify. The report also said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday.

The report comes six weeks after the FBI, the Indiana State Police and the U.S. Postal Service raided Fogle's affluent home in Zionsville, Indiana. They announced they were conducting an investigation, which some suspected was triggered by the arrest of Russell Taylor, the executive director of the Jared Fogle Foundation, an organization formed by the Subway pitchman to raise the awareness of childhood obesity. The investigation of Taylor revealed that he had a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos he allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at his home.

Jared was first discovered by Subway when he was a student at Indiana University. When the college paper published an article about his dramatic weight loss while eating Subway sandwiches, it was soon picked up by the national media. Fogle became a celebrity, appearing on television commercials and attending events on Subway's behalf. "Jared" became a part of the sandwich chain's success story, showing that a "regular guy" could easily lose weight, his weight loss topping 235 pounds.

When his foundation's head was arrested last May and charged with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, Fogle announced he was severing ties with Taylor. While in prison, Taylor unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide. Shortly after, government officials announced Taylor's case would be extended to allow more evidence to surface. The Jared Fogle investigation then began.

Authorities removed documents, computers, DVDs and other electronic equipment that could provide evidence against him from Fogle's home. At that time, his attorney stated that he had not been arrested or charged with any crime.

A week later other news reports related to Jared Fogle's past history began to surface. The Gawker stated that he was widely known in college for owning a porn-lending library. Another reported that one woman came forward telling that Jared would often visit schools in Sarasota County, Florida, alleging he made numerous disturbing comments that 'middle school girls are hot.' When she contacted the FBI she was asked to wear a wire and record her conversations with Fogle.

Earlier this month the FBI subpoenaed an affidavit containing alleged texts between Jared Fogle and a former Subway franchisee. Reports said that Fogle stated in messages that he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl, according to the franchisee's attorney.

AP Article: TV Report: Ex-Subway Pitchman to Admit to Child-Porn Charges


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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.