Jared Fogle: Indiana Residents, Subway ‘Shocked’ By Child Porn Allegations

Jared Fogle is currently being investigated for charges of child pornography. Now, both Subway and Indiana residents are speaking out about the Subway spokesperson.

Subway has released a statement about Fogle. In their statement, the company is “very concerned” about the police raid involving Fogle. The company also said that they are “shocked” to hear the news about Fogle on Tuesday morning.

“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”

As reported by the Indianapolis Star, an evidence truck sat outside Fogle’s home in Zionsville on early Tuesday morning. Electronics were reportedly confiscated from his home and taken into custody as part of the investigation. According to Fogle’s attorney, Robert Elberger, he remained “cooperative” during the police raid.

“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges. He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense.”

According to Indy police, this recent investigation is tied to a previous child porn investigation with a former employee. Back in April, Russell Taylor was arrested for three counts of child exploitation, three counts of possession of child pornography, and three counts of voyeurism.

Neighbors are speaking out about Jared Fogle. Some have said that the Subway frontman and his wife often entertained people and would say hello to their neighbors, but some often didn’t see the Fogles outside of their mansion.

Jacob Schrader, who lives across the street from Jared Fogle’s home, noted that the famous Subway pitchman lived “like a pretty private guy” and that he only saw him about a dozen times in the past six years that he’s lived there.

“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” Schrader added.

Julie Hole told People magazine that she hopes Fogle is innocent. She described him and his family as “just normal neighbors.”

“They’re always running around outside, playing basketball,” Hole added.

She also noted that they entertain a lot. As for Jared, he has a quiet, yet friendly nature. “He’s always waving and saying hi,” Hole says.

Meanwhile, Catherine Hoffman told CNN affiliate WTHR that she’s shocked by the allegations against Jared Fogle.

“The only thing I ever see around his home are happy people doing their yard, waving. So, I’m shocked and upset, of course, and saddened. A great figure in our community.”

Neighbors were able to catch a glimpse of Jared leaving his home on Tuesday morning. He reportedly left his home in the middle of a lot of media presence. Jared did not speak, and was taken away from the scene in a vehicle with his lawyer. Jared also left the scene in a navy blue rain jacket with the hood on his head.

Jared Fogle’s claim to fame was losing over 200 pounds over 15 years ago by eating Subway sandwiches. After Fogle revealed his diet, he later became the Subway spokesperson. He also made appearances in countless Subway commercials, and Fogle’s story gave the sandwich place a revamped image as a health-conscious restaurant.

Fogle also became the executive director of the Jared Foundation, a non-profit organization that fights against child obesity. Jared Fogle started the organization in 2004 after his claim to fame with Subway.

UPDATE: As of 5:00 p.m. EST, Subway has announced that it’s ending its relationship with Jared Fogle amid the child porn investigation, according to WCVB Boston. The developments led the company to “suspend” their relationship with Fogle until otherwise noted.

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