Subway Suspends Jared Amidst Child Porn Allegations

Jared Fogle, the Subway pitchman, is in the middle of an investigation into child pornography, which initially focused on the arrest of an employee who ran his childhood obesity charity. Jared, Subway’s spokesman for over a decade, watched as agents raided his house, carrying out armloads of electronic equipment and documents.

Though Jared is fully cooperating, Subway has severed all ties with him, and erased his presence from their website.

“Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,” the company announced. “Jared continues to cooperate with authorities, and he expects no actions to be forthcoming.”

As reported earlier in the Inquisitr,Jared was detained outside his home on Tuesday, but he was not under arrest. Subway pitchman Jared’s home and home office were searched by the FBI “in connection with the ongoing child porn investigation.”

Neighbors in the town of Zionsville, Indiana, are shocked about the arrest of the Jared Foundation employee, Russell Taylor, and dumbstruck that Jared/Subway might be dragged into the investigation. They believe Jared is innocent until proven guilty, but admit that his reputation has taken a hit since Subway has severed ties.

Many watched as agents and the police went in and out of the house. After being questioned on-site, Jared left the house with his attorney.

After a long-term business partnership with Jared, Subway has decided it is for the best that they distance themselves from the investigation, and any suggestion of child pornography.

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

Jared and Subway have partnered up for the last fifteen years, after Jared lost 245 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising while he was an Indiana University student.

For now, Jared is laying low in his Zionville home with his wife and two sons. The community is hoping that he will be cleared, and get back to the business of fighting childhood obesity along with Subway. Jared is considered to be a quiet and reserved resident of the upscale town.

“Fogle is comparatively bland, which may be his secret,” Will Higgins of the Indianapolis Star wrote in 2008. “His persona is friendly, not funny; kindly, not abrasive. His charm is a kind of Johnny Carson-like insipidity that may not excite but wears well over time.”

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[Photos courtesy of USA Today and KOLN]