[UPDATE] FBI Raid Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle's Home In Child Porn Investigation
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jul 7, 2015 2:45PM
Earlier this year the director of the charitable foundation named after Fogle, Russell Taylor, was accused of possessing and producing child pornography, according to Fox59 News.
The foundation removed Taylor from his position, the news outlet reports, after FBI investigators said they found more than 500 videos with images of child pornography in Taylor's home. In May Taylor unsuccessfully attempted suicide while in jail.
According to the criminal complaint against Taylor, Taylor mixed child pornography files with work files on his computer, TMZ reports. Fogle is reportedly not mentioned in those documents.
After Taylor's arrest, Fogle said in a statement that he was "shocked" by the allegations and that the foundation would "sever all ties" with him. Authorities were reportedly told to investigate Taylor by a woman who was sexting with him and grew concerned when he asked her if she wanted to see pictures of young girls, according to the Indy Star.
Authorities told Fox59 that the warrant to search Fogle's home stemmed from a child pornography investigation.
Fogle, who made a name for himself in the early 2000s after losing over 200 pounds on a diet of almost entirely Subway sandwiches as a student at Indiana University, was later named the fast food chain's official spokesman and has amassed a net-worth of $15 million, according to the New York Daily News.
Update 4:30 p.m.: Subway has suspended their relationship with Jared Fogle. In a statement the company says Fogle continues to cooperate with authorities and that he expects "no actions to be forthcoming," the Tribune reports. Both sides agreed the suspension was the right course of action. They also tweeted the following:
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
Subway has also removed references of Fogle from their website including the unfortunately named Jared's Pants Dance game.