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article imageWoman secretly taped Jared Fogle for FBI probe

By Caroline Leopold     Aug 23, 2015 in Crime
Florida ex-reporter Rochelle Herman claims that she helped the FBI investigate Jared Fogle by secretly taping private conversations she had with the Subway pitchman.
After Wednesday's announcement that Jared Fogle will plead guilty to child sex and pornography, Rochelle Herman came forward to say she helped break the case.
Herman has been talking to the local and national press about her story the week.
Herman met Fogle in 2007 when she was covering a school health event for a local news station in Florida. She worked as a health reporter for a local radio station.
Fogle allegedly made an inappropriate comment to Herman while they were waiting for the children to come in for the event.
"He told me that he thought middle school girls were so hot," Herman told told CNN . "I was shocked."
Fogle's disturbing comment spurred the reporter to tip off law enforcement, which then led to the FBI asking Herman to wear a wire. Herman tape recorded conversations with Fogle over four years.
"He trusted me. He found great comfort in talking with me," Herman told WWSB in a Wednesday television interview.
She said it was hard pretending to be Fogle's friend while she secretly taped him. "I'm not an actress. It took everything in me to do what I did." She told WWSB, "He's a monster."
Herman said that Fogle's disclosed that he had sex with underage children when he traveled across the United States and in Thailand.
"He talked about sex with underage children," she said. "It was just something that he really, really enjoyed," she told CNN and disclosed that Fogle said he'd like to videotape her children.
Fogle didn't only tell the Herman about his activities. The prosecutors had witnesses in Georgia and Washington who also taped conversations with Fogle allegedly talking about sex with children, court documents show.
Fogle will plead guilty to the charges of crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors and child pornography charges. For the deal, Fogle will likely serve more than five years and no less than 13 years in prison.
He will pay restitution to the 14 victims who were secretly photographed or who he paid for sex. Each victim will get $100,000 to pay for counseling and other help.
While Herman is relieved that she no longer involved in a criminal probe, she is ambivalent about the deal. "He's caused a lot of pain. Money won't fix that," Herman told WWSB.
Under the plea deal, the government will recommend less than 13 years in prison for Fogle. And his lawyers agree to ask the judge for no less than five years in prison.
No date has been set for his next court date, where Fogle will formally enter a plea.
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