What is Jared Fogle currently doing? From going from being one of the most influential individuals to being incarcerated now, here’s all you need to know about the notorious inmate.
Investigation Discovery (IG) has just released the official trailer of the upcoming three-episode docu-series titled ‘Jared From Subway: Catching A Monster’ four days ago.
Built on the infamous narrative of Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, the docuseries depicts how the well-known national fast-food chain Subway appointed an individual to be their spokesperson, who later turned out to be a child molester and confessed to child p*rnography charges.
Jared Fogle, more commonly known as ‘Subway Jared,’ gained fame by consuming the chain’s sandwiches when he dropped 245 pounds, 111 kgs.
What inspired people the most is that Jared lost a significant amount of weight in a short time, i.e., in just one and a half years. His inspiring weight loss journey was featured in the company’s commercials, earning Subway and Jared a lot of popularity.
Fogle appeared in Subway’s advertising campaigns from 2000 to 2015. Many people viewed him as a role model and aspired to be like him. Prior to imprisonment, Fogle was adored and held dear by many individuals.
Fogle’s prominence led to him being featured in over 300 commercials during his 15 years with Subway, alongside other media appearances.
Exploring the life of Jared Fogle
Jared Scott Fogle was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 23, 1977. His parents are Norman and Adrienne Fogle, and he was brought up in a Jewish home alongside his younger siblings.
In 1995, Fogle graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2000 and then worked briefly in the revenue management department at American Trans Air.
Jared was a business major at Indiana University in the spring of 1998. During spring break, he stayed in Bloomington in his off-campus apartment, and Fogle weighed around 425 pounds back then.
When asked what triggered him to lose weight, Fogle said, “I was feeling low, feeling bad about myself. I was standing at the Subway sandwich shop, reading a sign advertising their ‘seven sandwiches with six grams of fat. It dawned on me. I like Subway. Maybe this could be a way to lose weight.”
Jared Fogle caught the media’s attention in April 1999, when Indiana Daily Student reporter Ryan Coleman, who had been Fogle’s first-year dorm-mate, wrote an article about Fogle titled ‘From Thick to Thin.’
The article included all the details regarding Fogle’s diet. His lunch consisted of a 6-inch turkey sub, a bag of baked potato chips, and a Diet Coke, and dinner was a foot-long veggie sub and a Diet Coke. Sandwiches were not dressed with extras like cheese, mayonnaise, or oil.
Fogle replaced his 10,000 calorie/day diet with 2000 calories/day. A Subway franchise took Fogle’s story to the chain’s advertising agency.
The first Subway ad featuring Jared aired on January 1, 2000, introducing Fogle and his story with the following disclaimer: “The Subway diet, combined with a lot of walking, worked for Jared. We’re not saying this is for everyone, and you should check with your doctor before starting any diet program.”
This introductory advertisement was a huge success, leading to Fogle becoming a part of all future advertisements. He also became an advocate of health and fitness and spoke on many platforms across the United States regarding the importance of being fit.
Beginning in 2008, Fogle’s presence in Subway advertisements decreased because the company placed a new emphasis on its “$5 Footlong” promotion.
Fogle’s role in Subway opened up many other opportunities for him. He was part of WWE in 2009 and 2011 and made appearances in the Sharknado film series.
In 2004, Fogle established the Jared Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness about childhood obesity through educational programs and tools provided to parents and schools.
The foundation was dissolved in February 2012 by the Secretary of State of Indiana due to non-payment of $5 annual reporting fees during the last two years. It was discovered that the foundation did not issue any grants, nor had it given funds for its stated purpose.
Why was Jared Fogle taken into custody?
In 2007, Fogle came to the attention of state and federal law enforcement agencies after Sarasota, Florida, journalist and radio host Rochelle Herman-Walrond told the Sarasota Police Department he made lewd comments to her about middle school-age girls.
She recorded Fogle’s inappropriate remarks and text messages regarding underage children and sent them to the FBI. According to her, Fogle confessed to having s*x with underage girls.
In an investigation into Russel Taylor, the foundation’s director, authorities discovered that Taylor had traded s*xually explicit photos and videos of children, some as young as six, with Fogle.
Taylor was sentenced to 27 years in prison and was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the FBI’s case against Fogle.
“What we found in Russell Taylor’s home and on his computers led us to Jared Fogle,” said Tim Horty, a spokesman for the United States Department of Justice.
On July 7, 2015, the FBI and Indiana State Police investigators raided Fogle’s Zionsville, Indiana, residence and arrested him on distribution and receipt of child p*rnography charges.
As soon as Fogle’s arrest came to light, Subway issued a statement explaining that the company’s business relationship with Fogle had been suspended.
Following Fogle’s arrest, the FBI also subpoenaed a series of text messages made in 2008 between Fogle and Subway franchisee Cindy Mills, with whom he had a s*xual relationship.
In these messages, Fogle talked about s*xually abusing children aged 9 to 16, told her to sell herself for s*x on Craigslist, and asked her to help him have s*x with her 16-year-old cousin.
On November 19, 2015, Fogle formally pleaded guilty before federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
In a statement, Fogle apologized for his crimes, saying that he wanted a chance to become a “good, honest person” and “redeem [his] life” after being seized in a life of “deception, lies and complete self-centeredness.”
Fogle is presently serving his 15-year sentence at a Colorado prison facility.