Was the FBI aware Jared Fogle was a pedophile for years before his arrest? Recent reports suggest they were, and now a bombshell claim has been revealed. By now, most Americans are aware that the former Subway spokesman is in hot water after his underground pedophiliac lifestyle was uncovered. Back in July, Fogle made headlines when his home was raided.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Indiana State Police confiscated computers and a number of other electronic devices from Fogle’s home. The incriminating evidence led to Fogle’s arrest. As expected, the story created a media firestorm that fizzled over time. But, a recent New York Post report has made Fogle the center of controversy yet again.
On Friday, Oct. 30, a secret audio tape of an incriminating conversation between Jared Fogle and Rochelle Herman-Walrond, a former Florida journalist. After hearing Fogle profess his desires for underage children, Herman-Walrond decided to take the law into her own hands and seek justice for the victims he tormented. After contacting the FBI, Herman-Walrond was asked to wear a wire so a verbal admission could be recorded. Now, the audio of that particular conversation has been released to the public.
At one point during the conversation, Fogle expressed desire to travel to another country in hopes of getting “young kids.” Although Herman-Walrond was quite disgusted after hearing Fogle express his desires, she played along in order to have the full conversation recorded.
“I would fly us clear across the world if we need to. To Thailand or wherever we want to go. If we’re gonna try to get some young kids with us it would be a lot easier,” said 38-year-old Fogle, married father of two, in the tapes. “I had a little boy. It was amazing. It just felt so good. I mean, it felt — it felt so good.”
However, the evidence against Jared Fogle was based on more than one recorded conversation. In fact, there were several – over a period of four years. Herman-Walrond revealed she’d been wearing a wire for four-and-a-half years each time she spoke with Fogle, and the FBI did not take action for quite some time.
Once Fogle became comfortable with Herman-Walrond, he began making more brazen requests. The conversations reportedly evolved over time, as Jared Fogle’s admissions and statements At one point he’d even asked “if he could install hidden cameras in the rooms of her two young children” and if children made her “hot,” according to Raw Story.
Even with the recorded conversations, it reportedly took the FBI 10 years to conduct a full investigation and make a move on Jared Fogle. Although Herman-Walrond played a significant role in the investigation, she still wonders why it has taken long to bring Fogle down.
“That was my biggest question, ‘Why was it taking so long?’” journalist Rochelle Herman-Walrond told ABC affiliate WWSB. “A case of this size just happens to take that long, and that’s what I was told.”
However, it is still unclear why the investigation took so long. However, Jared Fogle is now paying the price for his actions. Fogle has been sentenced to a minimum of five years behind bars and ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution—$100,000 to each victim. Needless to say, the FBI’s slow movements – along with a sentence many see as a slap on the wrist – have angered an overwhelming number of social media users. Many outraged Americans have also taken to social media to voice their frustrations.
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