Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jared Fogle

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The man who became famous and rich for losing weight with Subway sandwiches is now on his way to prison for more than 15 years.

Jared Fogle was convicted and today sentenced for the possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines for commercial sex with a minor.

The federal judge, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, announced in an Indianapolis court that Jared is going to prison for a long time.

Earlier this summer the news was riddled with pictures of the FBI taking computers and boxes out of the former Subway spokesman’s home.

This fall, it was revealed that the tapes had been under investigation and it seemed like the evidence was incontrovertible. Apparently it was.

Jared Fogle will now spend the next 15 years and 8 months in prison. Some people wanted Jared to spend more time, but we can all agree that we are happy it is not any less.

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The child pornography case of Subway’s former spokesman, Jared Fogle, has now taken another disturbing twist.

In August, the news and Internet were plastered with images of the Subway celebrity walking out of his home and being charged with pedophilia and child pornography.

Fogle pleaded guilty to having sex with two individuals– but there were a lot more. The plea deal he signed will keep him in prison for the next 5 to 12.5 years and he is forced to pay $1.4 million to the victims’ families.

That is the part of the story we have known for some time. Now we are learning that former journalist Rochelle Herman-Walrond befriended Fogle with the intent to record his conversations in order to expose what she thought was happening.

It didn’t take long for her to realize that her worst thoughts were true. Jared enjoyed being with young boys and girls sexually. He even traveled internationally to feed his sick desires. Often visiting Thailand.

The recent release of the recordings span over 5 years as Rochelle worked with the FBI to collect evidence to use against Jared. During that time, Rochelle recorded every conversation– and Fogle got more and more brazen as the years went by.

The recordings are shocking and horrifying. Almost equally as disturbing is the fact that the FBI did nothing for years, despite a large amount of evidence against Fogle.

The tapes were solid proof that Jared was committing crimes and was very disturbed. So why did it take over 5 years to arrest him?

Rochelle asked the same question to the FBI and they told her it took time to build a case. In the meantime, there were potentially another 12 children abused while the FBI was building the case.

This is a sick story, and Jared should spend many decades in jail, but what about the kids that were abused while the FBI was building its case for five years!? When does the FBI have the moral responsibility to stop a crime in progress even if it hampers the overall case? Apparently that didn’t happen this time, but the good news is that Jared is finally in jail– and will be for at least 5 years.

Thankfully people like Rochelle are willing to put themselves in danger to try and stop evil in this world. It just should not have taken so long.

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Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, 37, had his Indiana home searched by state and federal law enforcement authorities as part of a child pornography investigation. Armed agents executed a search warrant on the home owned by Jared and the agents were seen removing electronic devices among other items.

Speculation is that this search may have been issued in connection with the arrest of a former director of his charitable foundation on child pornography charges several months ago.

Fogle, who lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville, became the unlikely spokesman for the Subway sandwich chain in 2000 after reports emerged that the Indiana University freshman had dropped more than 230 pounds on a diet of nothing but Subway sandwiches.

Authorities would not say if the search warrants and subsequent raid on Fogle’s home tied to the arrest of his former associate.

Investigators from the FBI, State Police and Postal Service arrived at Fogle’s home at 6:30 a.m. with an evidence truck that they parked in the driveway of Fogle’s home according to the Indianapolis Star.

The newspaper reported that police took electronics from Fogle’s home and analyzed the items on site using equipment in the truck. Fogle, who was home during the search and was seen entering and leaving the evidence truck, was not available for comment.

FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne confirmed that the agency and local police were present during the raid and were conducting a criminal investigation, but declined further comment.

The raid on Fogle’s home came two months after Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, a charity Fogle started to raise awareness of and fight childhood obesity, was arrested on federal child pornography charges. Taylor, 43, attempted suicide on May 6 at the Marion County Jail, was placed on life support. Taylor is expected to recover.

In a criminal complaint, Taylor is facing seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography – a case that began when a woman Taylor he had been emailing alerted authorities when Taylor offered to show her images of children.

Upon Taylor’s arrest, Fogle issued a statement saying he was “shocked” over the allegations and that the foundation was “severing all ties” with him.

Fogle, who once weighed 425 pounds, has filmed more than 300 commercials for the food chain and kept a busy schedule of speeches and events on the importance of a healthy diet. Early Subway commercials featured Fogle wearing the 62-inch waist pants he wore when he was obese and before he began his diet of turkey and veggie subs from Subway.

Officials at Subway’s Milford, Conn., corporate headquarters did not immediately return requests for comment.

Fogle’s lawyer Ron Elberger said in a statement that:

“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion…”



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