If you thought Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle didn’t have much to do with the FBI investigation & subsequent raid at his home in connection with child pornography — think again.
It was reported earlier this week that Jared’s home was raided by bureau two months after the executive director of his foundation was charged with multiple counts of producing and possessing child pornography.
Now, a former journalist tells ABC she first alerted the FBI after Jared Fogle made a series of inappropriate, unsettling comments about young girls.
“He said something to me when we were off camera and that really stuck with me. I thought to myself, ‘did he really say that to me?'”
According to the woman, Jared would often visit schools in Sarasota County, and allegedly told her numerous times that, “Middle school girls are hot.”
The woman accused Jared of making even more inappropriate comments, but she won’t go into much more detail.
“They weren’t jokes. They were very serious,” she said.
The woman says she became so alarmed over his comments that she decided to contact the FBI.
“The subject matter is similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home. It goes deeper than that,” said the woman.
The woman would not release any more details about their conversations, but says that after she contacted the FBI, the agency had her wear a wire and record phone conversations.
On Thursday, Federal authorities confirmed to television station, WXIN, that the Florida woman provided investigators with key information that ultimately led to a raid at the home of suspended Subway spokesman.
“It was the right thing to do, and I was able to do it and I have fortitude to do it. That’s the main reason I did this,” she said.
Jared’s attorney, Ron Elberger, told ABC over the phone that he has never heard of these allegations before, calling them “an unrealistic fabrication.”