Ex Subway spokesman due in court for child pornography case

Jared Fogle
In this May 28, 2014 photo, Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle arrives at the world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided Fogle's Zionsville, Ind. home on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (KRON) — Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to possession of child porn, local Indianapolis news station WXIN is reporting Tuesday.

Citing sources, WXIN reported that Fogle will accept a plea deal and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the deal.

On July 7, federal and state authorities seized computers, DVDs and other items from Fogle’s suburban Indianapolis home. Following the raid, Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle, who shed 245 pounds more than 15 years ago as an Indiana University college student, in part by regularly eating the restaurant’s sandwiches.

Fogle’s home was raided two months after the his foundation’s then-executive director, Russell Taylor, was arrested on child pornography charges.

Federal investigators said they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at his home.

Taylor had overseen the operations of Fogle’s foundation, Jared Foundation Inc., which encourages children to avoid the same obesity he experienced in college. A phone number to the the foundation is currently out of service and its website is down. The foundation’s website, before it was disabled, had described the group’s mission as “to eliminate childhood obesity by raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happier lives.”

Taylor’s attorney, Brad Banks, said he did not know how Taylor and Fogle had met but said the “primary basis of their relationship” was Taylor’s former employment with the Jared Foundation.

A criminal complaint filed against Taylor states that a woman identified only as “Jane Doe” contacted Indiana State Police last September, telling an officer that Taylor had offered “to send her images or videos of young girls through text messages.” The complaint states that Taylor “made this offer during a series of text messages that included discussions of sexual matters, including bestiality and sadistic or masochistic abuse.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s