Brace yourselves, because more information is out about the FBI investigation into Jared Fogle’s child pornography allegations, and they are really not pretty. The woman who ultimately nailed Fogle, Rochelle Herman, spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about what initially tipped her off to Fogle being someone who needed to be caught. Apparently, while she was covering an event for the local news back in 2007, Fogle was in attendance and said in passing that “he thought middle school girls were so hot.” He was serving as a Subway spokesperson at the time.
Herman said that she had more encounters with Fogle through the years, and he repeatedly talked about having sex with underage girls, saying that it “was something that he just really, really enjoyed.” As his comments became more and more disturbing, Herman notified the authorities and started wearing a wire to record the conversations she had with Fogle. And because he clearly had no problem talking to a member of the local media about how much he liked to have sex with young girls, he kept talking. Herman told Cooper that she found herself having to “play a role” to pull more depraved comments out of him. Fogle apparently got so comfortable with Herman that he started targeting her children:
“I had two young children at the time, and he talked to me about installing hidden cameras in their rooms and asked me if I would choose which child I would like him to watch,” she said.
Herman’s evidence was integral in the investigation into Fogle and the director of his charitable organization, Russell Taylor, who is facing child porn charges of his own. The investigation eventually uncovered Fogle allegedly traveling across state lines to have sex with underage girls and/or record them without their knowledge. Under the plea deal, Fogle will pay $100,000 restitution to 14 victims and still faces prison time.