Fogle in June 2007
|Born||Jared Scot Fogle
August 23, 1977 
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Residence||Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood|
|Occupation||Television spokesperson, charity founder, actor|
|Known for||The Subway Guy|
|Criminal charge||Distribution and receipt of child pornography, traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor|
|Criminal penalty||15 years, eight months in federal prison (with 13 years minimum), lifetime of supervised release, $175,000 fine, forfeiture of $50,000 (a total of $225,000), and $1.4 million restitution.|
|Criminal status||Currently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood; earliest possible release date 2029|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Christie (m. 2001; div. 2007)
Katie McLaughlin (m. 2010; div. 2015)
|Conviction(s)||November 19, 2015 (guilty plea)|
Jared Scot Fogle (born August 23, 1977), also known as "the Subway Guy", is an American former spokesman for Subway restaurants and actor. After his significant weight loss attributed to eating Subway sandwiches, Fogle was made a spokesperson for the company's advertising campaigns from 2000 to 2015.
In 2015, Fogle was investigated for paying for sex with minors and receiving child pornography. On August 19, 2015, he agreed to plead guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography and traveling to pay for sex with minors. On November 19, 2015, Fogle formally pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to serve 15 years, 8 months in federal prison with a minimum of 13 years.
He became a bar mitzvah while on a trip to Israel, and then was confirmed by his Conservative-Reconstructionist synagogue. In 1995, Fogle graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He graduated from Indiana University in 2000 and then worked briefly in the revenue management department at American Trans Air.
Fogle first came to media attention in April 1999, via an article written by a former dorm-mate about Fogle's weight loss and published in the Indiana Daily Student. Subsequently, Fogle was featured in a Men's Health magazine article, "Stupid Diets. . . that Work!" According to the article, Fogle had become obese through lack of exercise and eating junk food.
Fogle changed his eating habits upon the switch to eating at Subway by making healthier choices with smaller portions that were free of high calorie condiments such as mayonnaise. While following this diet, he lost over 200 pounds. A Chicago-area Subway franchisee took Fogle's story to Subway's Chicago-based advertising agency.
As a test, the company ran a regional television advertising campaign. The first ad aired on January 1, 2000, introducing Fogle and his story with the following disclaimer: "The Subway diet, combined with a lot of walking, worked for Jared. We're not saying this is for everyone. You should check with your doctor before starting any diet program. But it worked for Jared."
Because the introductory test-ads were a success, Fogle subsequently appeared in more television commercials as well as sponsored in-store appearances throughout the United States. He gave talks on the benefits of fitness and healthy eating.
In 2002, Fogle was the subject of an episode of South Park titled "Jared Has Aides", which received positive reviews. DigitallyObsessed called the episode a "standout" of the show's sixth season. In March 2003, in an interview with The Washington Post, Fogle stated that while the episode had "typical[ly] tasteless humor", the fact that an entire episode was devoted to him was "very flattering". He added "you know you've made it when shows like South Park start parodying you."
In February 2008, a Subway campaign called "Tour de Pants" celebrated Fogle maintaining his weight loss for a decade. As part of the campaign, Fogle made an announcement that he would retire his pair of 62-inch (1.6 m) pants to a museum at the end of the advertising tour. Beginning in 2008, Fogle's presence in Subway advertisements decreased due to the company placing a new emphasis on its "$5 Footlong" promotion.
Fogle's role in Subway afforded him some other opportunities, such as appearances in WWE in 2009 and 2011. By 2013, Fogle had filmed more than 300 commercials and continued to make appearances and speeches for the company. Subway attributed one third to one half of its growth in sales to Fogle, with revenue having tripled from 1998 to 2011.
Fogle has also made appearances in the Sharknado film series, appearing in Sharknado 2: The Second One; he also planned to appear in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. His cameo appearance was cut off after being prosecuted a week before the premiere. Both Subway and Fogle agreed this was the best thing to do.
In 2004, Fogle established the Jared Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness about childhood obesity through educational programs and tools provided to parents, schools, and community organizations.
On April 29, 2015, Russell Taylor, director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested at his Indianapolis home on child exploitation, possession of child pornography, and voyeurism charges. Fogle severed all ties with him immediately following the arrest. Taylor attempted suicide on May 6, 2015, at the Marion County Jail and was placed on life support.
In August 2015, an USA Today article reported that the Jared Foundation had not issued any grants nor had it given funds for its stated purpose. The article further noted that, on average, the foundation spent $73,000 a year with the majority of that figure paying the salary of the foundation's executive director. More than one quarter of the funds were unaccounted for per the foundation's tax records. The Secretary of State of Indiana dissolved the organization in February 2012 because it did not pay the required five dollar annual reporting fees during the two previous years despite being requested to do so on multiple occasions.
Daniel Borochoff, president of the non-profit charity watchdog group, CharityWatch, was quoted by USA Today as saying, "If Jared was really interested in helping children through his foundation, he could have gotten more money. As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds."
Fogle married Elizabeth Christie, a pediatric nurse, on October 14, 2001; the couple divorced on October 18, 2007. In November 2009, Fogle became engaged to Katie McLaughlin, a teacher.
In January 2010, People magazine reported that Fogle had gained 40 pounds and planned to lose weight by way of his Subway weight loss program for his upcoming wedding. Fogle and McLaughlin married in August 2010 and had two children together, a son and a daughter.
In 2013 Fogle was reported to have a net worth of $15 million (USD).
On August 19, 2015, following Fogle's appearance in federal court on charges of sex with minors and child pornography, his wife released a statement through her attorney announcing that she was seeking a divorce. She added that she was focused "exclusively on the well-being of my children" and would have no further comment. Their divorce was finalized on November 16, 2015; Fogle agreed to pay his now ex-wife $7 million. According to court filings, she had traveled out of state before Fogle's guilty plea, and opted to stay in an undisclosed location to protect herself and the children from the "media circus" surrounding Fogle's crimes.
|2002, 2008||Saturday Night Live||Himself||"Kirsten Dunst/Eminem, "Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne"|
|2004||Super Size Me||Himself|
|2011||Jack and Jill||Jared Fogle|
|2014||Sharknado 2: The Second One||Jared from Subway|
|2015||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Jared Fogle||Credited as Jared S. Fogle|
|2015||Dr. Phil||Himself||"Subway Sandwich King to Child Sex Scandal: Jared Fogel's Secret Audio Tapes"|
|2015||Nostalgia Critic||Himself||"Conquest of the Commercials", Archive Footage|
Child pornography investigation and arrest
Fogle first came to the attention of law enforcement in 2007, when reporter Rochelle Herman-Walrond told police in Sarasota, Florida that he had made salacious comments to her about middle school-aged girls at a school health event she was covering for a local news station. She then went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where agents asked her to wear a wiretap during her conversations with Fogle. Herman-Walrond befriended Fogle and, for the next four years, surreptitiously recorded her conversations with him as part of an ongoing federal investigation. She recorded him making several remarks about having sex with underage girls and asking her to install a webcam in her children's rooms so he could watch them. Ultimately, however, the FBI could not pursue a case against Fogle using the recordings because they needed more hard evidence against him.
During the investigation into Russell Taylor's child pornography operation, authorities discovered that Taylor traded sexually explicit photos and videos of children, some as young as six, with Fogle. Taylor, who was sentenced to 27 years in prison, was later named an unindicted co-conspirator in the FBI's case against Fogle. "What we found in Russell Taylor's home and on his computers led us to Jared Fogle," said Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice.
On July 7, 2015, the FBI and Indiana State Police investigators raided Fogle's Zionsville, Indiana, residence; computers and other electronic equipment were removed from his home. The same day, a spokesperson for Subway announced that the company and Fogle mutually agreed to suspend their business relationship. Subsequently, Subway removed all references to Fogle from its website.
Following Fogle's arrest, the FBI also subpoenaed a series of text messages made in 2008 between Fogle and a female Subway franchisee with whom he was having a sexual relationship, in which Fogle asked her to arrange for him to have sex with her 16-year-old cousin.
On August 19, 2015, federal prosecutors announced they had reached a deal with Fogle in which he would plead guilty to two counts, one of distribution and receipt of child pornography and one of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor—specifically, from Indiana to New York City, where he is charged with paying to engage in sexual acts with a 17-year-old girl.
According to documents released by federal prosecutors, Fogle has also agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million in restitution—$100,000 to each victim. Fogle faced up to 50 years in prison had he gone to trial; however, as part of the plea deal—which was not binding on the sentencing judge—prosecutors agreed to seek no more than 12 and a half years. In return, Fogle agreed to a minimum sentence of five years. Soon after the plea deal was announced, Subway announced via Twitter that it had completely severed ties with Fogle.
As a condition of his plea deal, Fogle would be restricted to supervised contact or communication with minors upon approval of his probation officer. Supervised visits with his own children would be allowed only with approval of their mother. Fogle had already made a request to visit his two children in September, but McLaughlin contested it. Upon release from prison, Fogle will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and undergo treatment for sexual disorders.
On November 19, 2015, Fogle formally pleaded guilty before federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt. In a statement, Fogle apologized for his crimes, saying that he wanted a chance to become a "good, honest person" and "redeem [his] life" after being ensnared in a life of "deception, lies and complete self-centeredness." According to a forensic psychiatrist who testified for Fogle's defense team, Fogle suffered from a compulsive eating disorder for several years before losing weight, and replaced food with a sense of "hypersexuality", which included a "mild case" of pedophilia.
Pratt sentenced him to 15 years, 8 months in prison, more than three years more than what prosecutors had sought, and three times what Fogle had requested. "The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme," Pratt said. Fogle must serve a minimum of 13 years before becoming eligible for time off with good behavior. After serving his sentence, he will be on supervised release for the rest of his life. Pratt also fined him $175,000 and ordered him to forfeit $50,000 in assets (a total of $225,000), in addition to the $1.4 million restitution.
Fogle's lawyer, Ron Elberger, filed a notice of appeal on December 14, 2015. Fogle is able to appeal the sentence since it is longer than the maximum sentence recommended by the prosecutors. The appeal brief was due by January 25, 2016, but Fogle asked for an extension for his appeal after Elberger was diagnosed with cancer. The extension was granted. After Fogle's timely filing of his appeal, the U.S. Attorney's office has opposed any sentence reduction and in support of this have directed the judge's attention to Fogle's text messages to a madam, in which Fogle stated he would "pay big" if she could procure 14-year-old children, specifically stating that he "craved" underage Asian girls. In these text messages, he also expressed sexual interest in young boys, although there is to date no evidence that he paid for sex with male children.
On June 9, 2016, Fogle's sentence was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Fogle's lawyers recommended that he serve his sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood near Littleton, Colorado; it has a program for sex offenders. Pratt agreed with the recommendations, but she had no authority to determine where Fogle would serve his sentence.
On November 21, 2015, Fogle arrived at the Henderson County, Kentucky Detention Center, where he was held on a temporary basis. Fogle entered Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) custody, going to Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City, on December 15, 2015.
In March 2016, Fogle was assaulted by another inmate, Steven Nigg, reportedly because Nigg hates child molesters. The attack left Fogle with a bloody nose, swollen face and scratches on his neck.
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