AUSTIN (KXAN) — A reputation that took years to build likely tarnished in a matter of minutes once it was announced Jared Fogle, the popular spokesperson for Subway, was in the middle of an investigation involving child pornography. Federal agents showed up at his house Tuesday, nearly two months after the executive director of his foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges.
“It is a big deal because he’s in the public eye,” one Subway customer said of Fogle, who has been a spokesperson for Subway for the past 15 years. “Everyone knows who he is and it needs to be brought to people’s attention that this is wrong.”
Fogle has spent time in Texas promoting his foundation aimed at helping children eat healthy. He attended South by Southwest in 2014 and also worked with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
“The Jared Foundation endorsed several programs including Coordinated Approach to Child Health, a program developed by a consortium of universities. The CATCH program has no ongoing or planned activities with the Jared Foundation,” UTHealth said in a statement. “Because this is an active investigation we are not able to provide additional information or comment.”
Fogle has not been arrested, held by authorities, or charged with any crime. As for Subway, the chain has suspended ties with him awaiting the outcome of this investigation.
Combating Child Pornography
The Texas Attorney General’s Office has an active cyber-crime division which investigates child pornography online. Still they say if you see something questionable on the Internet, you should reach out. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a cyber Tipline to report child pornography.