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Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to accept plea deal on charges of possessing child porn


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Report: Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to accept plea deal on charges of possessing child porn

 

Published August 18, 2015

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Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to charges of possession of child pornography, Indianapolis' Fox 59, reported Tuesday.

According to Fox59, sources said that the pitchman will accept a plea deal on Wednesday and that the U.S. attorney’s office will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the charges and plea deal.

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Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, had no comment when reached by Fox 59 regarding the reported deal, saying that any information regarding the charges would come from the U.S.attorney’s office. He did confirm that Fogle’s suspension with Subway continues.

Fogle, 37, who became the sandwich chain’s spokesman in 2000 after losing weight as a freshman at Indiana University by eating an all-Subway diet, lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville. Investigators from the FBI, State Police and Postal Service last month searched Fogle's home, where an evidence truck was parked in the driveway, according to the Indianapolis Star. The newspaper reported at the time that electronics were taken from Fogle's home and analyzed in the truck.

The search came two months after Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, which Fogle started to raise awareness to and combat childhood obesity, was arrested on federal child pornography charges. Taylor, 43, attempted suicide on May 6 at the Marion County Jail, and was placed on life support, but his health has improved, according to officials.

Taylor faces seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in a case that began when a woman he had been emailing alerted authorities to Taylor's offer to show her images of children.

After Taylor's arrest, Fogle issued a statement saying he was "shocked" over the allegations and that the foundation was "severing all ties" with Taylor.

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