New information concerning the pornography investigation into former Subway spokesperson, Jared Fogle, has come to light. In 2008, Fogle was dating a Subway franchisee. Business Insider broke the news that the FBI had subpoenaed text messages between he and the franchisee from 2008. The FBI believes that within the text messages to the franchisee, Fogle admits to paying a 16-year-old girl $100 for sex. According to the FBI report, Fogle asked the Subway store owner to post on Craigslist for sex so he could watch her engage in sexual acts with men who responded. He supposedly offered to pay her $500 per act. The Business Insider reported that the woman’s text response was, “Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f***?… I still can’t believe you only paid $100 to her.” He allegedly sent a text back, stating, “It was amazing!!!!” She is then reported to have asked him, “What part of her ad made you think she was selling sex,” to which he replied, “U will have to read them to see.”
The woman claims that she reported the incident to Subway and showed them the texts because she was worried the communications with the restaurant’s former promoter may have violated her franchiser-franchisee agreement with Subway. The determination was that there were no violations because he had not been a Subway employee.
The woman says that she also contacted the corporate office of Subway because she wanted to remove all Fogle-related marketing from her store. She allegedly showed the text messages to two levels of management. Business Insider reports that Subway found that no record had been filed concerning her 2008 complaint against the Subway spokesman.
According to 2008 records, the woman allegedly had the text messages recorded by a court reporter directly from her phone. She then had the report witnessed and verified by a notary public. Business Insider independently verified the authenticity of the affidavit, and that the phone number which sent the texts had been registered to Fogle. The following are the texts recorded from the woman’s phone in 2008 as reported by the affidavit:
“April: Fogle asks her, ‘How young would you like?…Would you want to have an adventure like that?’
May 1: ‘When can we find a time for me to talk to your cousin?’ (Her reportedly underage cousin)
The next day: ‘Any more news with your cousin? Tell me what u think about when u think of the three of us all together???’
June 19: According to the woman’s attorney, he asked her to advertise herself on Craigslist. She texts back, ‘Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f******?…I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her.’ He says, ‘It was amazing.’ She says, ‘What part of her ad made you think she was selling sex?’ He sends back, ‘U will have to read them to see.’”
No other information is contained in the Fogle pornography investigation which has been released to the public at this time. Business Insider independently verified that the age of consent in Indiana, where Fogle lives, is 16 years old. It has also been reported that a television journalist in Florida told the FBI that the former Subway spokesperson had told her he thought girls of middle school age were hot. This comment may have been the point at which the FBI began to watch him, even before opening the pornography investigation after an employee of his charitable organization was arrested and charged with having child pornography.
John Tompkins, a defense attorney in Indianapolis, is questioning what he refers to as “the leak” against Fogle. Tompkins believes the latest of the reports are leaks meant to embarrass the man for his sexual activities and preferences. Although Tomkins is not the former Subway spokesperson’s attorney, he would advise him to keep silent. The lawyer would then talk to the people who are allowed access to the leaked information, discover why it is being leaked and ask what is being done about the issue.
On Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, Subway released a statement to the press, believing it necessary, according to NVO News, to protect their reputation. The statement, released on Facebook, concerned the most recent allegations toward Fogle which, if found to be true, are “appalling and contrary to the values” of Subway’s mission statement. The statement closed with a reminder that Subway has suspended their relationship with the aforementioned spokesman.
Officials are not releasing any information as to whether an arrest will be made, or even if the investigation against Fogle is still ongoing. His attorney, Ron Elberger, has told E! that the former Subway spokesman is continuing to cooperate with the investigation of unspecified charges and “looks forward to its conclusion.” He has not been held, arrested, or charged with any crime. However, Elberger did not comment on the text messages. It is unclear if the pornography investigation into Fogle remains ongoing.
By Jeanette Smith
Edited by Jennifer Pfalz
TMZ: Jared Fogle–FBI Reportedly Have Texts Bragging About Sex with 16-Year-Old
NY Post: Text Reveals Subway’s Jared Paid 16-Year-Old for Sex
Media Take Out: Jared Fogle Allegedly Caught Having Sex with 16-year-old Prostitute
WBIW: Attorney Questions ‘Leak’ Against Jared Fogle
NVO News: Subway Jared Fogle Sex Scandal
Top Photo Courtesy of SemperDoctus from Wikimedia – Creative Commons License
Featured Image Courtesy of Percy’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License