The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle this morning. Investigators from the FBI, Indiana State Police and Postal Service were seen outside the home with an evidence truck parked nearby. Authorities confirmed to ABC News that the search at the Zionsville, Indiana home of Fogle was part of an investigation, but declined to elaborate on the nature of the investigation.
FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation in the area. She referred questions to officials from the U.S. attorney’s office. Indiana State Police also referred questions to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The search was potentially part of an investigation into child pornography. Two months ago, the executive director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was arrested in Indianapolis on child pornography charges. After Taylor’s arrest, Fogle released a statement to the Indianapolis Star, saying, “I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor. Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor.”
The investigation into Taylor’s activities began after state police detectives received a tip from an acquaintance of his. A woman exchanging texts of a sexual nature with Taylor grew concerned when he asked whether she wanted to see pictures of young girls and decided to call police. When Investigators from the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force searched Taylor’s home, they found more than 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media.
Taylor, 43, attempted suicide at the Marion County Jail on May 6 and was placed on life support. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said that Taylor’s health is improving. Taylor remains in jail, charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography, voyeurism and child exploitation, according to federal documents. Federal prosecutors have until August to impanel a grand jury in the case and it is unclear whether Taylor has entered a plea to the charges.
Fogle, 37, was first featured in ads for Subway in 2000 after losing more than 200 pounds by exercising and eating turkey and vegetable sandwiches from the sandwich shop over a two-year period. He started The Jared Foundation in 2004 with a focus on improving the health of children.