State and federal officials on Tuesday searched the suburban Indianapolis home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, reportedly in connection with a child pornography case.
Indianapolis media report that the FBI and Indiana state police were at Fogle’s home Tuesday morning. An FBI official confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation but offered no details.
Reporters saw investigators remove electronics from the home and reported that Fogle was detained but not arrested.
Fox News reports that the search comes two months after Russell Taylor, the former director of Fogle’s charitable foundation, was arrested on federal child pornography charges.
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In May, the Indianapolis Star reported that investigators who found hundreds of child pornography videos on computers and in storage identified four minors as alleged victims of Taylor. Authorities did not say whether the search of Fogle’s home was connected to that arrest.
Taylor attempted suicide on May 6 while in jail but is said to be recovering.
“I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor,” Fogle said in a statement after the arrest. “Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor.”
Steve Jefferson, a reporter with NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis, tweeted photos from outside Fogle's home on Tuesday.
Fogle became famous for losing a lot of weight by eating Subway sandwiches. His Jared Foundation was set up to combat childhood obesity.
In a statement to CNBC on Tuesday, a Subway spokesman said: “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.”