The ex-wife of convicted sex offender Jared Fogle has opened up in a new interview with CBS This Morning.
In a sit-down with the news outlet, Katie McLaughlin says she had no idea that the man who fathered her two children was a pedophile.
She found out in the most dramatic, stunning way possible.
“You could look up every word in a dictionary or thesaurus for ‘horrible’ and none of them describe what this year has been like,” McLaughlin told Anna Werner.
She was married to Fogle for five years and is the mother of a five-year old and a three-year old she had with Fogle.
When did she know that Fogle was in trouble with the law? When did she learn about the heinous allegations against him?
When FBI agents knocked on the door of her home in July of last year, that’s when.
“I knew nothing about his involvement in anything. … They just walk in and you’re just in shock,” she says.
“I didn’t understand any of it to be honest. I mean, you just – you float out of yourself because the FBI shouldn’t be in your house.”
Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars in November for ogling photos of underage children online and for soliciting sex from them.
In a new lawsuit filed against Subway by McLaughlin, she claims that the fast food chain was aware of Fogle’s illegal and disgusting activities while Fogle worked for it.
“As early as 2004, Subway’s then Senior Vice President of Marketing received a complaint that Jared had approached a young girl at a promotional event for a Las Vegas Subway franchise for a sex act,” reads a portion of the legal document, obtained by Radar Online.
“Subway exploited his family despite knowing of allegations that Jared was a pedophile and failing to properly investigate those allegations.”
As part of this lawsuit, it came out that Fogle allegedly had sex with girls as young as nine years old.
Yes, nine years old.
A professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada who studied the ex-Subway spokesperson testified that his conclusion was Fogle suffered from mild pedophilia, hypersexuality and alcohol abuse and dependency, according to the Associated Press.
“I can’t even think about him at this point in my life,” McLaughlin told CBS when asked if she still loves the father of her kids.
“Of course there is anger there … he had two lives going on. He was home with the kids and I in one life, and he was out on the road in a different life. … He was able to keep them very separate in a way I can’t even fathom.”
Concluded McLaughlin in this interview:
“[He ruined] my ability to trust, my ability to think that things will be OK.
“I think I was always a pretty happy person who thought if everyone puts in their hard work, things will end up OK. And now I’m not so sure about that.”