Feds: Fogle sought sex with minors, had child pornography

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WISH) –  Federal prosecutors have released documents accusing longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of engaging in sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography.

Documents released Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis say the 37-year-old Fogle faces one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography.

Fogle became the face of Subway for more than 15 years after shedding more than 200 pounds as a college student, in part by eating the chain’s sandwiches. Subway says it has ended its relationship with Fogle.

Among the allegations in the document are that Fogle traveled to New York City to pay for sex acts with minors while he stayed in upscale hotels, and that he knowingly received child pornography secretly produced by the then-director of his charitable foundation.

The document is known as an “information.” It’s typically used to detail charges when a suspect already has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.

Fogle appeared in court for a hearing Wednesday morning. He sat with his hands clasped and quietly answered “no” when the judge asked whether he had any questions about his rights.

He is expected to plead guilty on a later date.

On Tuesday Fogle’s attorney said “no comment” in regards to media reports that his client was poised to take a plea deal.

Ron Elberger, Fogle’s attorney, didn’t offer any additional details regarding the reports.

Our sister station, 24-Hour News 8 received a statement from subway saying “We have already ended our relationship with Jared and have no further comment.” That statement was later tweeted by the company.

Fogle’s home was raided by the FBI in early July. Neighbors say the home has been pretty quiet since that day.

Police said that raid was connected to a child pornography investigation following the arrest of Russell Taylor, former executive director for the Jared Foundation.

Taylor faces federal charges for production and possession of child pornography. Taylor was arrested in April after an investigation.

Subway immediately suspended its relationship with the famous spokesman.

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