After completing an internal investigation, Subway admits they got a “serious” complaint about former spokesperson Jared Fogle back in 2011. The investigation looked into whether Subway had prior knowledge of Fogle’s criminal sexual activities.
After reviewing more than 1 million online customer comments and interviews with past and present Subway employees and managers, they found one serious complaint. Subway stated they took no action at the time because the complaint didn’t mention criminal sexual activity.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the complaint Subway got “expressed concerns about Mr. Fogle,” but there was “nothing that implied anything about sexual behavior or criminal activity involving Mr. Fogle.”
Subway spokesperson Kristen McMahon stated the company regrets “that the complaint was not properly escalated or acted upon.” Subway’s statement also read, “It is important to note that the investigation found no further evidence of any other complaints of any kind regarding Mr. Fogle that were submitted to or shared with SUBWAY.”
The complaint Subway got was from former Florida journalist Rochelle Herman-Walrond, according to the Washington Post. She went public last month with the news that she had taken her concerns about the former Subway spokesperson to the FBI and secretly recorded phone conversations with Fogle to assist the FBI with their investigation.
In July, Herman-Walrond told WWSB-TV she met Jared Fogle ten years ago during one of his trips to Sarasota. She claims Fogle often made inappropriate comments about young girls and once said he thought “middle school girls were hot.”
Fogle has pleaded guilty to possessing child porn and to paying for sex with girls as young as 16. Subway quickly dropped Jared Fogle as their spokesperson in early July when the FBI searched Fogle’s home in Indiana looking for evidence of criminal sexual activity.
The FBI then subpoenaed the former spokesperson’s text messages on August 1. Subway put as much distance between them and Fogle as possible, especially once snippets of Fogle’s text messages were made public.
After pleading guilty, Fogle has agreed to pay $100,000 to 14 of his victims. If he doesn’t make the payments, he could serve time in prison from five to 12 years.
Witnesses in Florida, Georgia, and Washington state are mentioned in the former Subway spokesperson’s plea agreement as providing recordings and information that Fogle “repeatedly discussed with them his interest in engaging in commercial sex acts with minors or stated that he has done so in the past.”
Recently, a former Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, claimed she told an advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns with Fogle when he admitted to her he paid for sex with minors. Mills says she also told a regional contact in Florida about her concerns. Subway says they have no complaint on file from Mills.
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