SARASOTA, Fla. – Federal authorities say a woman provided investigators with key information that ultimately led to a raid at the home of suspended Subway spokesman Jared Fogle.
Fogle has not been arrested or charged, but sources told FOX59 the raid was related to a child pornography investigation.
An unidentified woman says she spoke with Fogle on numerous occasions starting about a decade ago.
According to WWSB’s interview with the woman, Fogle often made “surprising and inappropriate” remarks while they were speaking.
“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?'” the woman, who is a former journalist, told WWSB.
The woman says she became so alarmed over Fogle’s comments, that she decided to contact the FBI.
The woman originally said she wouldn’t elaborate on what was discussed during conversations with Fogle, but she did say that he told her numerous times that “middle school girls are hot,” according to WWSB. The woman also said Fogle would visit schools in Sarasota County.
The woman said Fogle made several other inappropriate comments, but declined to go into detail.
“They weren’t jokes. They were serious,” she said.
After she contacted the FBI, the woman says the agency had her wear a wire and record phone conversations.
“The subject matter is similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home. It goes deeper than that,” said the woman.
Although federal authorities confirmed with FOX59 that a Florida woman provided investigators with key information that led to a raid of Fogle’s home, his attorney calls the woman’s allegations “an unrealistic fabrication.”
According to FOX59, authorities spent about 11 hours at the property, removing computers, DVDs and other electronics.
Fogle’s cellphone was also confiscated, reports say.
The raid comes after the April arrest of Russel Taylor, the former director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, who is accused of possessing and producing child pornography.
Following the raid, Subway announced they have suspended their relationship with Fogle.