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Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle's Home Raided In Child Porn Investigation

 

The home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was raided in connection with a federal child porn investigation.  

NBC's WTHR reported that Fogle's Zionsville, Indiana, home was raided Tuesday morning by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The team removed electronics from the house and Fogle was detained outside, but has not been arrested. It's unclear why investigators raided the home.

FBI sources told Fox 59 that state and federal investigators were serving warrants at Fogle’s home in connection with a child pornography investigation. FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne confirmed to The Associated Press that they were conducting investigations in the Zionsville neighborhood Tuesday, but did not offer information about Fogle specifically. 

WTHR reporter Steve Jefferson tweeted photos from outside Fogle's home. 

The executive director of Fogle's Jared Foundation, 43-year-old Russell Taylor, was arrested in April for child exploitation, possession of child pornography and voyeurism, Fox 59 reported. State police had received a tip about Taylor from a concerned citizen.

Investigators found over 400 child pornography videos on computers and storage, according to the Indianapolis Star. Four minors were identified as victims. Taylor attempted suicide in jail in May and was placed on life support.  

"I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor," Fogle said in a statement after the arrest. "Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor."

Subway released a statement to CNN saying it believes the search Tuesday is related to the previous incident. 

"We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee," a Subway spokesman said. "We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don't have any more details at this point."

Fogle's attorney told CNN his client has not been arrested for or charged with any crime and is cooperating with authorities. 

Fogle became famous as the Subway Guy when he appeared in his first ad campaign for the restaurant back in 2000, touting his diet of Subway sandwiches after losing more than 200 pounds. He later founded the Jared Foundation to combat childhood obesity. 

The Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task force and Subway were not immediately available to comment. 

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