SARASOTA, Fl. (Aug. 19, 2015)-- A Florida woman who claims to be one of the witnesses who tipped off federal authorities to allegations now facing former subway spokesman Jared Fogle has spoken out, WWSB reports.
Fogle arrived in federal court in Indianapolis Wednesday morning to hear charges against him in connection with a child pornography case. Investigators found more than 159,000 text messages, more than 27,000 emails, more than 47,000 images and more than 3,300 videos in relation to the case.
Rochelle Herman says she befriended him during a trip he took to Sarasota years ago.
"(Fogle) is a monster. He's is a monster. I'm numb. I'm shocked. I'm relieved most of all. He just found comfort talking to me," Herman said.
When asked if Fogle told her about having relations with children, she said yes.
"Yes he did. Yes he did. And from here in the United States to when he was on his international tours and then visits to Thailand. Why would I be the only one? He had something that was compelling him inside that he wanted to reveal what he was doing. Did he want to get caught? I don't know. So it took... I'm not an actress. And I don't claim to be one. But it took everything I had to do what I needed to do," Herman said.
Herman claims to have recorded conversations with Fogle over four years. Court documents indicate during the investigation, authorities also had witnesses in Georgia and Washington record conversations with Fogle where he discussed engaging in sex acts with minors.
Fogle intends to plead guilty in the case based on the terms of the plea agreement filed Wednesday, his attorney said. It’s up to the court to accept Fogle’s plea deal during a change of plea hearing.