Ex-Subway Spokesperson Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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NEW YORK - MAY 22: A Subway fast food outlet on May 22, 2013 in New York City. Subway is the world's largest single restaurant chain with 38,181 restaurants

37-year-old Jared Fogle, formerly known to the public as the “Subway Guy,” pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography and travelling to pay for sex with minors.

Fogle accepted a plea deal with the Department of Justice after an FBI raid and investigation found evidence that he was connected to illicit activities with minors. According to the news service Reuters, “Under the deal, Fogle would serve between five and 12 years in prison, pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, register as a sex offender and meet other conditions.”

The guilty plea, after being negotiated by Fogle’s defense attorneys and the prosecution, is currently being reviewed by Federal Judge Mark Dinsmore.

The charges against Fogle are linked to Russell Taylor, former head of the Jared Foundation. Taylor secretly recorded 12 minors while they showered and changed clothes at the foundation’s home, which was set up with the purpose of combatting childhood obesity. Authorities say that Taylor shared the images with Fogle, along with commercial child pornography, with Fogle knowing the images he was shown were of minors.

In July, two months after Taylor was arrested on federal charges, authorities searched Fogle’s home Zionsville, Indiana. During a news conference, Assistant US Attorney Steven DeBrota said that Fogle also continued to seek paid sex with minors even with Taylor in custody.

Iowa Free Press reached out to the fast-food sandwich chain Subway for comment. Subway spokesperson Kristen McMahon responded to the news with an official statement on behalf of the company.

“We have already ended our relationship with Jared and have no further comment,” McMahon writes in an email dated August 18.

Subway terminated their relationship with Fogle on Tuesday after hearing about the plea deal. Fogle’s wife Katie McLaughlin also announced that she is seeking to end her marriage to Fogle after the revelations began to surface.

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