Jared Fogle: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is interviewed on May 28, 2009 at a Subway in Santa Monica, California. (Getty Images)

Jared Fogle has plead guilty to horrendous sex crimes, including paying to have sex with minors. His hidden life began to unravel after local and federal officials raided Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s house as part of a child porn investigation.

Subway had already ended its relationship with Fogle, following news of the investigation. His wife, Katie, has announced that she is seeking a divorce. If his plea deal is accepted in court, Fogle will face prison time along with paying $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims. Fogle served as a longtime spokesman for Subway ever since he starred in an ad campaign promoting his weight loss on a diet consisting only of Subway sandwiches.

Here’s what you need to know about him:


1. Fogle Will Plead Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges, Following a July 7 Raid on His Home

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Fogle, left, with Russell Taylor in an April photo taken before Taylor’s arrest. (Facebook)

Jared Fogle will plead guilty to federal child pornography charges, including traveling from Indiana to New York and paying to have sex with minors between 2010 and 2013, CNN reported. Prosecutors say that witnesses can testify to Fogle offering a finder’s fee for minors. He sent texts to escorts, wanting access to minors as young as 14 to 15, People reported. According to the charges, he only requested the minors after having sex with the escorts to ensure they weren’t undercover cops.

Fogle’s plea deal includes serving 5 to 12 1/2 years in prison and paying $1.4 million total in restitution to 14 victims. Each victim will receive $100,000 each for counseling and assistance. The federal court still has to approve the plea deal.

Fogle’s secret life fell apart after the FBI, Indiana state police, and U.S. Postal Service conducted the raid on Fogle’s home, located in Zionsville, Indiana. They took electronics, documents, and other items and analyzed them in an evidence van. The raid lasted from before sunrise on Tuesday, July 7 into the early evening.

The investigation came after Russell Taylor, former director of The Jared Foundation, was charged with possession and production of child pornography.

Fogle started the Jared Foundation to fight childhood obesity. During the raid on Taylor’s home on April 29, two thumb drives were found that contained both pornography and files connected to the Jared Foundation or to Fogle, according to USA Today.

Fogle fired Taylor after the arrest. The charges that Fogle is facing include charges that he received child porn images from Taylor and had conversations with Taylor about the images, but did not alert authorities. Instead, he chose to benefit from the conversations and used Taylor to access more pornographic images.


2. Fogle Was Accused of Running a Pornography Business Out of His Home While He Was in College

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Fogle lost 235, which he credits to Subway. Above is an undated photo of him when he was obese. (Twitter)

VH1 News reported in 2007 that an anonymous source claimed Fogle ran a pornography rental business out of his home while he attended Indiana University.

The videos cost $1 per day and his collection was extensive, the source said. Fogle allegedly downloaded the porn from newsgroups and burned them onto CDs and VHS tapes.

Minyanville reported in 2010 that Fogle’s initial interest in Subway came because he was busy running his porn rental business and Subway was located on the first floor of his apartment building.

He also liked talking to a cute female employee who worked at the Subway, which furthered his interest in visiting the restaurant every day. The allegations about a porn rental business have not been confirmed by Fogle or any named sources.

In addition, Gawker has reported that a former journalist claimed Fogle made serious, inappropriate comments about middle-school girls several years ago. Gawker said she told the FBI and wore a wire for them to record Fogle’s statements. Fogle’s attorney denies the claims.


3. Subway Suspended Its Relationship With Fogle Amid the Child Porn Investigation

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Jared Fogle speaks at Project Subway in New York during the Spring/Summer 2014. (Getty Images)

Upon learning of the investigation, Subway first said on Twitter that it was “shocked by the news.” Later, on Subway’s Twitter account, the company stated: “Subway and Jared have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.” After news of Fogle’s upcoming guilty plea was announced, Subway simply stated: “We no longer have a relationship with Jared and have no further comment.”

Subway also removed information about Fogle from its website. TMZ reported that Subway stores have also been taking down or covering up any signs with Fogle’s picture.

In 1998, Fogle went on a diet where he only ate turkey and veggie sandwiches from Subway. He lost 235 pounds. Subway learned about Fogle’s diet after a story about him appeared in the Indiana Daily Student. His first commercial with Subway ran in a regional campaign on January 1, 2000. By 2013, Fogle had appeared in more than 300 commercials for Subway, along with cameos in TV shows and movies.

Subway’s relationship with Fogle has been financially successful for both parties. Between 1998 and 2011, Subway’s sales tripled. The company told The New York Daily News that one-third to one-half of that growth is due to the ad campaigns featuring Fogle.


4. Fogle Has Been Married Twice: Once to a Pediatric Nurse & Once to a Teacher

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Jared “The Subway Guy” attends a New York City fashion event in February 2014. (Getty Images)

Fogle married Katie McLaughlin, a teacher, in August 2010. Kate has announced that she is now seeking to divorce Fogle.

They met through Fogle’s brother and both were graduates of Indiana University. McLaughlin is Fogle’s second wife; he was previously married to Elizabeth Christie, a pediatric nurse. They married on October 14, 2001 and were divorced in October 2007. According to the National Enquirer, Christie received a hefty settlement including 60 percent of the proceeds of his book deal with St. Martin’s Press and $230,000. Fame and many public arguments contributed to the divorce, the National Enquirer stated.

Fogle is Jewish and had his bar mitzvah in Israel. His father, Norman Fogle, is a doctor and his mother, Adrienne Fogle, is a teacher. When Fogle first started his Subway diet, his father was skeptical and had Fogle come in every few months for a physical to make sure his health was fine. Dr. Norman Fogle is on the board of trustees of The Jared Foundation.


5. Fogle’s Net Worth Is Estimated to Be $15 Million

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Jared Fogle celebrates at NASCAR on July 4, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Getty Images)

Fogle’s net worth may be more than $15 million, CelebrityNetWorth.com reported. He makes an undisclosed amount of money from Subway, along with $5,000 to $10,000 for personal appearances outside of the company, according to USA Today. In addition, Fogle purchased his Indiana home for $570,000 in 2011.

Fogle does not disclose any information publicly about his net worth. He also will not state how much Subway pays him. However, it has been reported by National Post that he has a black card that gets him free Subways at any Subway restaurant.