For years, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle inspired television viewers to focus on their health and lose weight. But the fast food pitchman’s wholesome image was shattered in 2015, with his arrest for distributing and receiving child pornography.
Fogle’s secrets and downfall are the subject of a new three-part documentary series airing on Investigation Discovery, ID channel, in March titled Jared from Subway: Catching A Monster.
The series looks at Fogle’s path to success and the investigation that brought him down.
Before the FBI and Indiana State Police investigators raided Fogle’s home in 2015, he was known as “Subway Jared.”
His story of overcoming obesity through a diet of Subway sandwiches made him a national celebrity. After revealing that he lost 245 pounds, Fogle was hired as a spokesman for the national fast-food chain. He served as the face of the chain from 2000 to 2015, then it all came crashing down.
In the trailer for the docuseries, journalist Rochelle Herman explains how she secretly recorded Fogle and his sick confessions, to help investigators build a case.
“The story you are about to hear sounds crazy, but I can promise you it is all true,” says Herman. “I had evidence of Jared saying what he wanted to do, he was an active pedophile. I didn’t know where it would lead me, I just wanted to find the truth.”
The trailer ends with Herman sharing, “He needed to be stopped, that’s when I became an undercover asset for the FBI.”
According to a press release from ID, the docuseries follows Fogle’s journey from a morbidly obese teenage outcast to fame, and eventually becoming a convicted sex offender. The series also includes interviews with some of his victims.
“Jared from Subway: Catching A Monster is a powerful new entry to our ever-growing slate of premium limited event series,” Jason Sarlanis, president of Turner Networks, ID & HLN linear and streaming, said in a statement.
“Jared masqueraded as a national hero while hiding a horrific side. We are so grateful to the women who, by courageously sharing their stories, are shining a light on this important issue that affects so many families across America,” Sarlanis added.
The series additionally explores the charges brought against Fogle and his business partner, Russell Taylor, who was executive director of the pitchman’s charitable foundation.
Federal prosecutors said Taylor conspired with Fogle and traded sexually explicit photos and videos of children — some as young as 9 years old.
Both Taylor and Fogle pleaded guilty. Taylor was sentenced to 27 years. Fogle entered his plea in 2015 to child pornography charges and traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison and must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. His expected release date is March 24, 2029, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons online records.
All three parts of Jared from Subway: Catching a Monster air back-to-back on Monday, March 6, starting at 9/8c on ID and will be available to stream the same day on Discovery+.
Watch the trailer below: