Russell Taylor, former executive director Fogle’s foundation, faces seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography
Police raided the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday just two months after the executive director of his foundation was arrested in Indianapolis on charges of child pornography.
Although FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne confirmed that the investigation was underway, she would not comment on details of the raid.
Fogle’s former executive director, Russell Taylor, was arrested on federal child pornography charges in May, and is facing seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Police began the investigation of Fogle’s former executive director after receiving a tip from an acquaintance, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Taylor was exchanging text messages with a woman when he asked her if she would like to see photos of young girls. She immediately called the police, and they found over 400 videos of child pornography. Four of the girls portrayed in the videos were minors.
After the arrest, Fogle issued a statement to Fox59: “I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor. Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor.’’
Fogle started the Jared Foundation as a mission to eliminate child obesity by raising awareness and developing programs for children. Fogle’s commercials went viral after he was employed as an official spokesperson for the sandwich chain’s advertising campaign. He claims to have lost 325 pounds just by eating Subway and exercising.
A spokesman for the company told TheWrap: “We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.’’