This story just gets more and more disturbing.
Rochelle Herman, the woman who allegedly assisted the FBI in gathering evidence to use against former Subway spokesman, Jared Fogle, is speaking out on her role in the case.
Fogle allegedly made some seriously inappropriate comments about female minors that caught Herman’s attention. She was so taken back by Fogle’s words; she said she felt she had to do something.
Herman reported Fogle’s words to the FBI, which led to the authorities having her wear a wire to record her conversations with the 37-year-old spokesman.
Herman was covering a Subway event at a school in Florida, in 2007, for a local station, when she witnessed Fogle’s disturbing statements.
“He told me that he thought middle school girls were so hot,” Herman said. “I was in shock…I was actually questioning, ‘Did I really just hear what I think I heard?’ I looked over at my cameraman…and he was just astounded.”
Fogle is currently planning to plead guilty for child pornography charges. Prosecutors say that his plea will include crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors.
Herman said that she continued to see Fogle several times over the years, and each time his comments became more disturbing.
“He talked about sex with underage children,” she said. “It was just something that he really really enjoyed.”
She said shed been working undercover with the FBI for years prior to Fogle’s recent arrest. The Indianapolis U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed that the information that Herman collected was indeed used in the investigation leading up to Fogle’s arrest.
“He trusted me for unknown reason,” Herman told CNN. “He had said to me numerous times over the course of years about having sex with minors.”
At one point, Fogle became so comfortable that he made uncomfortable comments about Herman’s own 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.
Despite her horror at his suggestion, she explains that she had to play the part to get the information that would later but him in jail.
“During the time that I had with the FBI, I had to play a role. I had to play a certain part in order for Jared to be able to trust me and talk further into detail,” she said.
Russell Taylor, former director for Fogle’s children’s health charity, was charged with similar child pornography charges prior to Fogle. Authorities report that Taylor was in possession of images and videos of minors engaging in sexual activity. These images and videos were allegedly shared between the two.
Under the charges Fogle faces, he could be sentenced between 5-12 years in prison. He will also be paying restitution to the 14 victims who he secretly photographed or had sex with in exchange for money.
Each victim will receive $100,000 to aid in any assistance needed, such as counseling or support.
Fogle’s defense team released a statement explaining that because the well-known former spokesman has admitted to his crimes, is accepting responsibility for his actions, and is attempting to make amends.
His lawyers also report that he is meeting with experts to recover from his unhealthy behavior. This, however, is much easier said than done.
Carol Juergensen Sheets, who happens to be the only certified sexual addictions therapist in Indianapolis, explains to USA Today that Fogle could have multiple problems, including pedophilia, a sexual addiction, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Fogle will most likely be attending a treatment center for at least 30 to 45 days, Sheets said. But there is no such thing as a full recovery.
“You cannot be cured of this,” she said. “It is like any other addiction. You can learn how to manage it… but you have to work on this every day of your life when you have this compulsion.”
Fogle is known for loosing over 200 pounds on a self-described “Subway diet” and becoming the face of the company ever since. Sheets confirmed that his OCD may have made it easier for him to have eaten the same Subway meal every day on his diet. It has been over 15 years since he started working with the food chain.
Subway has officially cut all association with Jared Fogle since the news broke out of his case.