Raid of Subway Spokesman's Home May Be Connected To Child Porn Charges

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Indrani Sengupta
You may know Jared Fogle as "The Subway Guy," who lost 200 pounds on a Subway diet, then went on to star in several Subway commercials. But you probably didn't expect this.

Jared Fogle

Jared Fogle shot to media fame 15 years ago after claiming that he’d lost over 200 pounds in a single year, due to (in part) a diet of Subway sandwiches. Fogle starred in a hit 2000 Subway commercial, which led to a series of "Jared-themed" Subway commericals. 

He has also led the Jared Foundation, which provide programs teaching children aged 6 to 14 years old how to live and eat healthfully.

Today, he’s in the news again for a very different reason. 

Fogle’s Zionsville home has been raided and searched by Indiana authorities.

The sandwich chain claims that this is in connection with an investigation of a former executive of the Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, who was arrested 2 months ago on federal child pornography charges.

"We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don't have any more details at this point."

Authorities haven’t made clear whether this is, in fact, the case. But investigators have seized Fogle’s electronics, leading many to speculate thusly. These devices were then analyzed inside a mobile forensics van in the driveway of his home. A non-uniformed man was seen escorting Fogle from his home. A chopper was also dispatched to fly over Fogle’s home during the raid.

Fogle ‘s wife and two young children also left the home shortly after the raid began.

Fogle’s attorney has stated that:

"Jared has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of certain unspecified activities and looks forward to its conclusion.”

Fogle’s neighbor, Catherine Hoffman, defended him:

"The only thing I ever see around his home are happy people doing their yard, waving. So, I'm shocked and saddened for a great figure in our community. He's lived here and has been a great help with our Homeowner's Association. Nothing bad to say about him."

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