Jared Fogle, the former spokesman for Subway, is the subject of an ongoing child pornography investigation. His home was raided early Tuesday morning by FBI agents, Indiana State Police, and the U.S. Postal Service. Computers, DVDs, and Fogle’s personal cell phone were among the items taken away in an evidence truck. Now, a Sarasota, Florida woman claims her tip and recorded phone conversations provided crucial information leading to the FBI raid.
The Inquisitr previously reported the unidentified woman told WWSB that she began talking to Jared Fogle about a decade ago. She is an ex-journalist and says she met him during one of his frequent trips to the area. The woman alleges Fogle made some “inappropriate and shocking” comments to her.
In the earlier report, she gave no details about their conversations, saying, “The subject matter is similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home.”
At one point, his comments became so alarming that she felt the need to alert the FBI. After doing so, she claims the agency asked her to wear a wire to record her phone conversations with Jared Fogle.
“The subject matter is similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home. It goes deeper than that. That’s exactly what started this. When I presented it to the FBI the first thing that they said to me is, ‘Is this who I think this is?’ and I said ‘yes it is,’ and it just went full gear after that.”
The woman has now told WWSB one specific comment that was allegedly made by Fogle. She claims he often visited Sarasota Country schools and told her on several occasions, “Middle school girls are hot.”
She said other inappropriate comments were made by Fogle, adding, “They weren’t jokes. They were very serious.”
No further details on her interactions with him were given.
The investigation into Jared Fogle comes two months after the director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was arrested for child pornography, as People reports. Taylor was charged with several counts of production and possession of child pornography. Hundreds of child pornographic videos and photos were found inside his home, where he was said to have recorded many of them himself.
Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, provided a statement earlier this week, saying Fogle was cooperating fully with investigators, and that he had not been arrested or charged with any crime.
“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion. He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense.”
Elberger also told WWSB the unidentified Florida woman’s story is “an unrealistic fabrication.”
Jared Fogle became the well-known “Subway Guy” after losing weight on his self-designed diet in college. He ate two Subway meals a day and eventually lost 245 pounds. Subway featured him in an ad campaign that boosted the chain’s healthy image. Subway and Fogle maintained their business relationship over 16 years, until parting ways this week due to the ongoing investigation.
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