Jared Fogle was a clean-cut college kid from a good family in Indiana who weighed 425 pounds and decided he needed to lose some weight. He gave up his craving for fast food and began eating exclusively at Subway. Along the way he lost 235 pounds on what he called the “Subway diet”.Subway’s head office heard about Jared’s success and presto! he became the well-paid spokesperson for Subway Restaurants. By 2013 he had filmed over 300 commercials for Subway and travelled around the country touting the health benefits of Subway’s fare.
In 2001 Jared married his first wife, a union that ended in divorce in 2007. In 2010 he remarried and fathered two children. His life, it seemed, was charmed. He was famous, affluent, and had a loving family.
But all that changed when Jared Fogle’s home was raided by FBI and Indiana State Police last month, an investigation that followed the arrest of Fogle’s colleague, Russell Taylor, who was the director of the Jared Foundation, a non-profit that was geared to programs and education for obese children. Taylor was charged with child exploitation, possession of child pornography and voyeurism. He apparently shared videotaped kiddie porn with Jared, obtained through hidden cameras in his home.
After his arrest he attempted suicide in the Marion County Jail and was placed on life support for a time. He is now back in jail.
Subway immediately suspended its relationship with Jared and with the news this week that Jared will plead guilty to charges of possessing child pornography and traveling to pay for sex with minors, Subway has now terminated his contract. It is reported the charges involve 14 minors, both male and female, and that as part of his plea bargain he will serve a minimum of five years in prison, although he could be sentenced to as long as 12 years. He has also agreed to compensate each of the 14 victims the sum of $100,000.
His parents, a doctor and a teacher, released the following statement today:
“Our family is shocked and profoundly disappointed in Jared’s abhorrent criminal behavior and we are very concerned for the well-being of those affected by his conduct. At the same time, we are gratified that Jared is accepting responsibility for what he has done by agreeing to plea guilty to the charges filed today and by volunteering to make restitution to the victims.
We are also gratified that he is seeking medical treatment. We hope that he will become healthy again and are confident that after he serves his sentence, he will continue to make amends. We look forward to the day that he rejoins our family and society.”
Jared’s wife also filed for divorce this week and will now raise two children under the age of five without their father. Further, as a registered sex offender, when Jared is released from prison he may not have any contact with his children.
The American Psychiatric Association characterizes pedophilia as a mental disorder, while other experts working with sex offenders say it is a sexual orientation and compare it to the once held view that homosexuality was a mental illness, a position that has now been abandoned.
Jared’s lawyer advised media outlets that Jared will avail himself of psychiatric treatment and has already begun therapy.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang