August 01, 2015
An analysis of text messages allegedly sent from the cell phone of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has revealed that he repeatedly attempted to arrange a sexual encounter with an underage woman in the course of communicating with a former Subway franchisee in 2008, Business Insider reports.
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The FBI reportedly subpoenaed an affidavit containing the alleged texts, which spanned from January 2008 to June 2008 and included an apparent admission from Fogle that he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl whom he contacted via Craigslist.
According to the report, the former female franchisee was approached by Fogle about arranging a meeting with her then-underage cousin. Business Insider reports that it independently verified the authenticity of the affidavit and the phone number in the document linked to a Jared Fogle.
The franchisee, whose phone was used to record the text messages in the affidavit, was reportedly in a sexual relationship with Fogle during the period in question. Her lawyer says that she shared the texts with Subway management at the time, but Subway reportedly did not act on them and has said it has no record of the exchange.
Contained in the affidavit is a series of texts in which Fogle allegedly attempts to convince the franchisee to advertise herself for sex on Craigslist.
On June 19, the lawyer says that Fogle again asked the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist. She responds: "Is this the same website you found that 16 year old girl you that you f*****? ...I still can't believe you only paid $100 for her."
Fogle responds: "It was amazing!!!!"
The latest revelation comes nearly a month after federal and state authorities raided Fogle's home in Indiana as part of a child pornography investigation, prompting Subway to suspend its 15-year relationship with the pitchman.
The company tweeted the following in response to the disclosure of the alleged text messages.
The latest allegation about Jared Fogle, if true, is appalling. As previously stated, we have suspended our relationship with Jared.— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) August 1, 2015
To date, Fogle has not been charged following the raid on his home, which turned up more than 400 videos of child pornography, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.
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