Subway Suspends Spokesman Jared Fogle After Home Raid in Child Porn Investigation
Slimmed-down Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is suddenly feeling the weight of a federal child-porn probe.
The formerly flabby Fogle’s 15-year business relationship with the fast-food chain was suspended following a shocking FBI raid at his Indiana home — coming two months after a pal’s arrest on smut charges involving hundreds of vile videos.
Subway’s order to hold the Jared included scrubbing his presence from its website within hours of agents descending Tuesday on the Zionsville, Ind., residence where Fogle lives with his wife and two sons.
Relatives left just after the 6:30 a.m. raid began and before agents carried electronic equipment and documents from the sprawling house to a mobile forensics van parked in the driveway.
Federal and state agents raided the Zionsville home of Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of a child porn investigation.
Fogle, in shorts and a T-shirt, was photographed exiting the truck. Neighbors in the affluent area were awakened by the sound of helicopters hovering over their suburban neighborhood north of Indianapolis.
The team of investigators didn’t leave the property until around 5 p.m. after a thorough search that included taking a police dog through the house.
Both Subway and a Fogle attorney, without getting into specifics, said the nationally known spokesman was fully cooperating with the federal investigation.
Fogle was not charged with a crime or detained by investigators, and drove off alongside lawyer Ron Elberger without making a comment.
FBI agents took Jared from Subway's electronics during a child porn investigation.
“Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,” the company announced. “Jared continues to cooperate with authorities, and he expects no actions to be forthcoming.”
The company, in an earlier tweet, said it was “shocked about the news & believe(s) it is related to a former Jared Foundation employee. We are monitoring the situation closely.”
Russell Taylor, executive director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, was busted after investigators found more than 400 illicit videos in his Indianapolis home in an April 29 raid.
Taylor, 43, recorded all of the graphic footage inside his home or his former homes between 2012 and this year, police said.A police affidavit alleged Taylor’s porn collection involved boys and girls as young as 9.
Within days of his arrest, the accused pervert survived a botched jailhouse suicide try. Fogle publicly repudiated Taylor, and cut all ties to the suspect.
Fogle was detained outside his home but was not arrested.
The nonprofit Jared Foundation was launched in 2004 to help fight the problem of childhood obesity.
Lawyer Elberger said Fogle, who earned more than $15 million by pitching his famous “Subway diet,” was speaking with investigators about “unspecified charges. . . . (He) looks forward to the conclusion of that investigation.”
The FBI was joined in the raid by the Indiana State Police more than 15 years after Fogle, 37, debuted in his first commercial for Subway.
The Indiana University student, who once weighed a whopping 425 pounds with a 60-inch waist, dropped 245 pounds on a do-it-yourself diet of nothing but turkey and vegetable subs from the campus Subway.
“The Subway Guy” became a national sensation, and Fogle appeared two years ago in a Super Bowl ad marking the 15-year anniversary of his diet program.
In 1999, Subway had about 11,000 domestic locations. After Fogle’s arrival, that number ballooned to 27,000 U.S. stores by 2014.
Russell Taylor (l.), the former executive director of Fogle's Jared Foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges in May. It's not clear if the Tuesday raid at Fogle's house is related.
His astounding tale of the tape, with the amazing weight loss and shrinking waist size, also helped position the business as a healthy alternative to other fast-food operators.
Though his advertising profile has become lower in recent years, he served as a goodwill ambassador of sorts for Subway.
Elberger returned to the Fogle home around 5:30 p.m. without his client, leaving without taking anything from inside.
Asked how Fogle was faring, the lawyer replied, “Quite well.”
He departed without answering additional questions about the case.
Fogle’s unread newspaper remained in the mailbox outside the house.
Neighbor Jacob Schrader, 19, described Fogle as a quiet man who doesn’t interact much with others in the Hoosier town of about 25,000.
Schrader said he has only seen Fogle about a dozen times since 2009.
“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” said Schrader, who lives across the street.
Neighbor Catherine Hoffman defended Fogle as a positive presence around the small Indiana town.
“The only thing I ever seen around his home are happy people...waving,” she told WTHR-TV. “So I’m shocked and saddened for a great figure in our community."
“He has lived here and has been a great help in our homeowners association. Nothing bad to say about him.”