Fogle's attorney called the allegation an "an unrealistic fabrication"

By Hilary Shenfeld
Updated July 16, 2015 09:55 AM
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Did Jared Fogle tell a Florida woman that “middle school girls are hot?”

A TV station reported last week that an unidentified Sarasota woman who became friendly with the 37-year-old ex-Subway spokesman during his visits to town allegedly made that comment and other inappropriate remarks to her starting as far back as 10 years ago.

“They weren’t jokes. They were very serious,” the woman, a former journalist, told ABC station WWSB of the comments.

Law enforcement officials swarmed Fogle’s Zionsville, Indiana, home on July 7, removing electronics and other items during an 11-hour search that Subway said it believed was “related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee.”

Russell Taylor, 43, who ran the nonprofit organization devoted to healthy eating for kids, was arrested on May 4 on child pornography charges. Fogle, a married father of two, severed ties with Taylor after the arrest, saying he was “shocked” by the allegations.

Fogle has not been arrested or charged following the raid earlier this month, and is cooperating with investigators, according to his attorney, Ron Elberger. The FBI has not detailed what agents found, if anything, during the raid at Fogle’s home.

But the conversations the woman allegedly had with Fogle were so disturbing that she contacted the FBI, who had her wear a wire and record phone calls, according to WWSB, and were in part what led to the raid on Fogle’s home, federal authorities confirmed to Indianapolis TV station FOX59.

Neither Taylor’s attorney nor federal authorities in Indianapolis would confirm the account to PEOPLE.

“I don’t know anything about her involvement at all,” Brad Banks, Taylor’s attorney, tells PEOPLE, while FBI spokeswoman Cathy Burton says, “I don’t know who’s confirming that. We’re not confirming or denying the story.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office continues to not even acknowledge that it is involved in the investigation. “There’s no confirmation through the U.S. Attorney’s office,” spokesman Tim Horty tells PEOPLE.

Elberger did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Wednesday, but told WWSB that the Florida woman’s allegation was an “an unrealistic fabrication.”

Meanwhile, Taylor, who attempted to commit suicide shortly after his arrest, remains in federal custody awaiting a possible indictment that may come in early August, Banks said. The attorney would not comment on an Indianapolis Star report that Taylor may be cooperating with authorities in his case. Court records show that Taylor is allowing federal prosecutors extra time to build their case against him, the paper reports.

“There’s a number of reasons that would occur,” Banks tells PEOPLE. “It’s not uncommon.”

Subway dropped Fogle after the raid, and on Wednesday a spokesman would not say whether the company would resume their relationship, provided Fogle is cleared.

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