Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to charges in connection with a child pornography investigation as part of a plea deal, according to multiple media reports.
Indianapolis’ local Fox station reported Tuesday that Fogle will take a plea deal and the details will be announced at a press conference Wednesday in the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis.
ABC News also confirmed a plea agreement had been reached, citing law enforcement sources.
Fogle’s attorney did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Following reports about the plea deal, Subway posted a statement on Twitter Tuesday distancing itself from Fogle. “We no longer have a relationship with Jared and have no further comment,” the statement said.
Fogle came under suspicion after the May arrest of Russell Taylor, then-executive director of Fogle’s charity, The Jared Foundation.
Subway ended its 15-year relationship with Fogle after police and the FBI raided his home in July. As a result of the raid, children’s health charity CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) also suspended ties with Fogle, and his previously-recorded cameo in Syfy’s “Sharknado 3” was scrubbed from the film.
According to an affidavit that was widely reported in July, the FBI subpoenaed the document that contains text messages sent between Fogle and a former Subway franchisee with whom he was romantically linked.
Fogle allegedly told the unidentified woman to advertise herself on Craigslist for sex with other men. He asked if he could watch the sex acts and explained to the woman that she could make about $500 per act.
At one point, she reportedly responded, “Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f-ked… I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her.” Fogle allegedly responded, “It was amazing!!!!”
The texts are also said to reveal that he asked to meet with the woman’s underage cousin.
The woman’s lawyer said she was concerned and shared the texts with Subway’s management at the time, but the company did nothing.
Subway, however, said it had no record of her complaint, and reiterated in a Facebook post that it had cut ties with Fogle, writing: “About the most recent news story on Jared Fogle, this allegation, if true, is appalling and is contrary to the values of our brand. As previously stated, we have suspended our relationship with Jared.”