He’s reportedly shot more than 300 commercials for a fast food chain, makes personal appearances promoting its products, and gives speeches on the benefits of healthy eating. He’s Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, and now the spotlight is on the well-known spokesman for the sandwich restaurants for an altogether different — and disturbing — reason.
According to news reports from multiple sources, including Fox News, state and federal authorities raided Fogle’s Indianapolis-area home early Tuesday morning and could be seen taking items from the house to an evidence truck parked in the driveway. While there’s been no official word as to the reason for the raid, the operation has come “just over two months after the former director of his charitable foundation was arrested on child pornography charges,” according to Fox News.
The Indianpolis Star newspaper says investigators from the FBI, State Police, and Postal Service are involved in the probe: “FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne this morning confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation in the area, but she would not comment on the nature of the probe.”
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CNBC is more specific in its coverage, with a headline reading, “Subway’s Jared Fogle target of child porn investigation: Report.” The cable channel notes that a Subway spokesman responded to the breaking news of the investigation with the following statement:
We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.
The early-morning raid comes after the former head of the charitable foundation Fogle set up to combat childhood obesity was arrested on charges of engaging in child pornography.
It should be emphasized that Fogle himself has not been officially linked to that alleged criminal activity or formally charged with any offense related to it. Fogle became the high-profile TV pitchman for Subway — the largest restaurant chain, with 44,000 outlets in 110 countries — after he reported losing 235 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising when he was a freshman at Indiana University.