Following a month-long federal investigation, former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle entered a plea deal Wednesday for child pornography and engaging in paid sexual acts with minors. Federal authorities also alleged that Fogle used adult prostitutes to connect him to underage girls, paying the sex workers a "finder's fee." Although the case was cracked open last April when authorities arrested Russell Taylor, the former head of The Jared Foundation, for producing and possessing child pornography, it was former journalist Rochelle Herman who tipped off the FBI about Fogle. She eventually became a crucial informant in the case -- and the one to bring the celebrated Subway spokesperson down.
Herman first met Fogle in 2007, when he was slated to speak at a school event in Florida. She told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview this week that even back then, Fogle revealed some dark signs about his secret, deviant life. "He told me that he thought middle school girls were so hot," Herman told Cooper. "I was in shock ... I actually was questioning, 'Did I really just hear what I think I heard?'"