Ohio residents might have heard that Jared Fogle, the famous Subway spokesperson who is reputed to have lost 250 pounds after fashioning a diet made out of sandwiches from the chain, is being investigated in connection with child pornography. In reaction to word of the investigation, Subway has cut ties with Mr. Fogle, at least until the investigation is over.
The agencies involved include the FBI and the Indiana State Police. Early in the morning on July 7, investigators from those agencies raided Mr. Fogle's Indiana home, emerging with electronics, computers and other items. Mr. Fogle was detained outside during the raid but was not placed under arrest.
The investigation of Mr. Fogle follows an earlier one into an employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization Mr. Fogle formed in 2006 in an effort to help fight the problem of child obesity. Authorities have declined to release any information at this time, and it is unclear what led them to investigate Mr. Fogle. Per his attorney, Mr. Fogle is cooperating with law enforcement and has not been charged with anything at this time.
It can be frightening to be facing sex crimes allegations. Unlike other types of charges, a conviction for a sex offense can have a lifelong impact, forever impeding the ability to secure employment, housing and credit. Additionally, certain sex offenses can bring lengthy terms of imprisonment and lifetime sex offender registration requirements. It may be wise for those who have been charged to seek the assistance a criminal defense attorney who is experienced with these matters. Upon reviewing the evidence, an attorney may be better able to devise and mount an aggressive strategy against the allegations.
Source: CNBC, "Subway's Jared Fogle target of child porn investigation: Report," Katie Little, July 7, 2015.