Jared Fogle has yet to be charged with a crime in the underage sex abuse scandal that has befallen the director of his outreach program, Russell Taylor, but alleged texts he sent to a former girlfriend has raised questions about his own actions in the past regarding underage girls, and now the FBI has issued a subpoena.
Fogle allegedly sent texts to a woman he was in a relationship with in 2008 asking her about the possibility of having a threesome with her 16-year old cousin, and mentioned that he had paid for sex with a girl of the same age who he met on CraigsList. The woman — who was a Subway franchisee — reportedly showed the texts to the company’s corporate office at the time, but they say they have no record of that.
“Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f**ked … I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her,” the woman reportedly wrote in the text.
“It was amazing,” Jared Fogle allegedly responded.
As the age of consent in Indiana — where Fogle lives — is 16, the crime he would be charged with is prostitution.
Subway has cut all ties with Fogle in the wake of Taylor’s alleged crimes and released a statement last week saying that if the allegations against Fogle are true, they are “appalling.”
“The latest allegation about Jared Fogle, if true, is appalling. As previously stated, we have suspended our relationship with Jared.”
Russell Taylor was arrested earlier this year in an FBI raid, when hundreds of videos were found in his possession that showed children who were secretly filmed in different rooms of his home. Taylor had been the head of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, which helps kids fight obesity. After his arrest, Taylor attempted suicide, but survived and is currently in the custody of U.S. Marshals.
Jared Fogle has been seen as a role model for millions of people after he went public with his amazing weight loss via Subway, where he used their low-fat sandwiches to keep the weight off. He has remained out of the public eye since police raided his home earlier this year, and seized several items following a tip from a former friend of Fogle’s, who claims he once told her he was “attracted to middle school girls.”
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