Jared Fogle, the longtime Subway spokesman, was arrested on August 19th for soliciting sex with minors. I have known about Fogle’s pedophilia for over 4 years but did not publish a story on it. I did not publish the story at the behest of Rochelle Herman-Walrond the single mother of two little girls, then under the age of 10-years old, who knew Fogle, for safety reasons.
I was approached by Rochelle and we met for lunch at Station 400 in the Rosemary District in Sarasota. Rochelle outlined how Fogle became acquainted with her and her family. She became aware that their relationship was not on a professional level but rather he wanted to have sex with her daughters.
At one point Fogle visited Sarasota, Florida with the intent of having sex with Rochelle’s daughters. The Rochelle became so frightened that she called me and asked for help. I was able to put up Rochelle with her daughters in a Sarasota hotel until Fogle left. At least her two little Sarasota girls were saved from this sexual predator.
Calls were made to local Sarasota law enforcement agencies but no investigation or charges were ever filed against Fogle, at the time. This made things even worse for Rochelle Herman-Walrond. No law enforcement officials seemed to take her story seriously. That is the travesty of how the victims are many times treated in cases involving sexual predators, like Fogel.
However, later the FBI took up Rochelle’s case and she was instrumental in bringing down Fogle.
I am glad that Fogle has been finally exposed for what he really is – a child sex predator. I am also glad that this reporter helped prevent at least one crime from occurring. Sometime journalists must make that choice – support the intended victims at the expense of making headlines.
Here is here story as told by the DailyMail.com:
A Florida woman says she alerted the FBI about Jared Fogle’s activities after the former Subway spokesman confided his interest in having sex with minors to her years ago.
Former journalist Rochelle Herman-Walrond revealed that she spent more than four years recording conversations she had with Fogle for authorities.
On Wednesday, Fogle agreed to plead guilty to one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor involving two underage prostitutes and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography involving 12 children.
Now, Herman-Walrond has said she did not know why Fogle would have confided in her, but said: ‘Jared Fogle is a monster.’
As the Chicago Tribune reported:
Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade.
Prosecutors allege that Fogle knew the pornography had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation, which sought to raise awareness about childhood obesity and arranged for Fogle to visit schools and urge children to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits.
Authorities said Fogle offered to pay adult prostitutes a finder’s fee if they could connect him with minors for sex acts, including some as young as 14 or 15 years old.
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