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Subway’s Jared Fogle suspected in child pornography case


A law enforcement source has confirmed to CBS News that Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle is a suspect in a federal child pornography investigation.

FBI agents and Indiana State Police are at Fogle’s house in Zionsville, Ind., and have removed electronics from the property.

FBI special agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn’t confirm it involved Fogle.

CBS affiliate WTTV and The Indianapolis Star report the house belongs to Fogle and that he was detained while electronics were removed from the home and analyzed inside a mobile forensics van.

Investigators from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are also on the scene and assisting with the investigation, according to Dan Taylor, an inspector with the agency’s Indianapolis office. He noted that the agency is called in when investigations involve items sent through the mail.

In May, Russell Taylor, the executive director of the Jared Foundation, a not-for-profit founded by Fogle, was arrested on seven counts related to the production of child pornography, as well as another charge for possession of child pornography. Authorities have not said if that case is connected with the investigation at Fogle’s home.

Taylor is accused of secretly videotaping four children, ranging in age between nine and 16, on at least seven occasions total. In each case, the child who was allegedly videotaped was naked, according to a document filed in federal court on May 4.

The document also notes that Taylor allegedly texted to a woman links to websites that feature bestiality. She contacted police after receiving the alleged texts.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Taylor, 43, attempted suicide on May 6 while in jail. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office told the paper Tuesday that Taylor’s health is improving.

Fogle became the restaurant’s pitchman after losing more than 200 pounds while eating Subway sandwiches and exercising.

Calls to his home went unanswered Tuesday.

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