INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Pictures posted to Jared Fogle’s official Twitter account show him promoting Subway restaurants a day after federal investigators say he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl.
A series of three photos, all dated January 12, 2013, show Fogle posing in Times Square and appearing on a CBS sports program in front of a large table of Subway sandwiches.
The caption of one of the photos reads: “Always a nervous wreck… hope I did ok! Anybody see it??”
The day before those photos were posted, federal prosecutors allege Fogle had paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl at the New York City Ritz Carlton Hotel, according to federal court records reviewed by I-Team 8. Fogle was a guest at the hotel at the time, the court records indicate.
Two months earlier in November of 2012, the court records allege Fogle paid for sex with the same girl at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
The day after that encounter, federal prosecutors say Fogle texted the 17-year-old girl, offering to pay her a fee if she could find him a “young minor to engage in commercial sex acts with him.” During these discussions, “(Fogle) stated that he would really make it worth her while if she could find one,” the records state. Fogle reportedly provided the girl with his email address and asked her to send him photos.
During the discussions, federal prosecutors claim Fogle told the girl that he would accept a 16-year-old girl, while stating that “the younger the girl, the better.”
Evidence linking Fogle to these alleged encounters were uncovered by investigators during a July raid on his Zionsville home, prosecutors said.
Fogle is expected to plead guilty to charges of receiving and distributing child pornography and traveling to engage in sex with minors, his attorneys acknowledged Wednesday.
In addition to charges of paying for sex with underage girls, federal prosecutors allege he received images of nude or partially nude children from his former colleague, Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the now-defunct Jared Foundation, a charitable group founded by Fogle that once worked to fight against childhood obesity.
Taylor faces federal child pornography charges as well.
Fogle made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday but did not speak to reporters as he left the courthouse. He was released with a GPS monitor to track his whereabouts. No future court dates have been set but prosecutors estimated that his sentencing could still be two months away.
Under a plea deal reached with prosecutors, Fogle is expected to plead guilty to both charges and could spend between five to 12 years in prison. As part of the plea agreement Fogle will have to register as a sex offender, undergo treatment and will pay back $1.4 million in restitution to the 14 victims in the case.
Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Jack Crawford, who is not associated with the case, told I-Team 8 Wednesday that Subway and Fogle could be sued in civil court as a result of his alleged behavior.
“I think a good case could be made that (Subway) were derelict in their responsibility to see what (Fogle’s) background was about. How could all of these things go on many victims, scores, hundreds of thousands of pictures and nobody know that he had this problem.”
A Subway spokeswoman told WISH Thursday:
The brand has no further comment on the issue at this time beyond its original statement, but I will certainly be in touch if anything changes regarding your additional inquiries.”
On Wednesday, Subway released this statement:
Jared Fogle’s actions are inexcusable and do not represent our brand’s values. We had already ended our relationship with Jared.”