Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle’s Home Raided in Child Pornography Investigation

jared fogleHe was the face of healthy choices, the underdog who overcame, a role model for adults and kids. But today we're waking up to the horrifying news that the FBI is conducting a child pornography investigation of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's home. Jared, the man who claimed he lost 245 pounds eating nothing buy subs. That Subway guy.

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Fogle's wife and children slipped out of their home in the early moments before the 6:30 a.m. raid in Zionsville, Indiana. Then a special task force led by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task force descended, removing electronics to be examined in a van parked in the driveway. 

As of now Fogle has not been arrested or charged with anything.

Russell Taylor, the executive director of Fogle's childhood obesity-fighting charity, the Jared Foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges in April. Investigators found 400 videos filmed in his home (or former homes). It is not known yet if Fogle's still-ongoing investigation is related to Taylor's.

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We're reeling from this news. Jared Fogle?!? This is a role model, a man who visits schools to inspire children.

It's been 17 years since Fogle rose to fame as an accidental Subway spokesman, and he's still working for the brand (as of now), still inspiring people to make healthy choices -- not just changing their diets, but also exercising.

What will it mean to us if it turns out he's been harboring a horrible secret all this time? Unlike other people arrested on child porn charges, our kids all know who this is. He's definitely on their radar. What will it mean to them that this man they used to look up to has been engaging in activities that harm children? We will all feel betrayed.

Not to mention -- he's apparently a father! Not much is known about his family, except that he married teacher Katie McLaughlin in 2010 (she is his second wife). Knowing he may have children of his own makes this story even more awful.

I hope this investigation is related to Taylor -- that Fogle has had nothing to do with his former employee's nefarious doings, and that the FBI is simply following a trail to confiscate any evidence that may have accidentally ended up in Fogle's home without his knowing it. But even as I wrote that sentence I was aware of how naive and improbable it sounds.

Still, for now, Fogle has not been accused of anything. We will watch and see how this story develops, hoping it's not what it looks like -- for everyone's sake.

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