- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman, will plead guilty to child pornography charges, according to the Fox News affiliate in Indianapolis.

According to WXIN, Channel 59, Mr. Fogle will accept a deal and plead guilty to charges of possession of child pornography. It was not immediately clear whether this means he will avoid prison time or how many years he would serve if not.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis has a Wednesday press conference scheduled to describe details.

Mr. Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, had no comment for Fox 59 on Tuesday afternoon.

The charges grew out of a child-porn investigation of Russell Taylor, the former director of the Jared Foundation. Mr. Taylor is charged with both possessing and producing child pornography and tried to commit suicide in May while in jail. 

Last month, federal agents raided Mr. Fogle’s home in Zionsville, Indiana, and seized several computers and DVDs.

Shortly after that July 7 raid, Subway severed ties with Mr. Fogle, who became their national spokesman and among the most famous “non-celebrity” product endorsers. He came to the sandwich-chain attention after the publication of a story about his massive weight loss as a freshman at Indiana University based on eating Subway sandwiches.

Business Insider reported in late July that the FBI had subpoenaed court documents dating back to 2008 in a dispute between Mr. Fogle and a former Subway franchisee who claimed a sexual relationship with the married Mr. Fogle.

According to Business Insider, the documents included text messages between the two people in which Mr. Fogle says he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl. The texts also reportedly have Mr. Fogle saying the franchisee should solicit sexual hookups on Craigslist and let Mr. Fogle watch — for up to $500 per hookup.

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