Jared Fogle's ex-wife is suing Subway, alleging that it ignored complaints about his sexual interest in children

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The ex-wife of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is suing the fast-food chain, alleging that the company has known about Fogle's sexual interest in children since 2004 but never did anything to address it.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Kathleen McLaughlin, claims that Subway was notified at least three times about Fogle's "sexual interest in and activity with children" but kept featuring him in ads and never notified authorities.

"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," the suit alleges.

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Subway pitchman Jared Fogle shows off his old pants to students at Mary E. Bryant Elementary School in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Oct. 31, 2003. Fogle is better known as "Jared the Subway Guy," famous because he lost 245 pounds a few years ago by eating Subway subs and not much else. Fogle spoke to the students nutrition. (AP Photo/David Kadlubowski)
In this photograph taken by AP Images for SUBWAY - Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, left, challenges "The Subway Guy" Jared Fogle to build the most flavorful breakfast sandwich during the SUBWAY "Better Breakfast Battle," Thursday, May 26, 2011, in New York. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for SUBWAY)
In this photo taken by AP Images for SUBWAY, Houston football star Arian Foster, right, and Jared Fogle, "the SUBWAY guy," are seen eating SUBWAY sandwiches at the SUBWAY All-Star BBQ on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. The event marked the launch of the sandwich chain's BBQ Pulled Pork sub and helped raise funds for victims of recent disasters in western Alabama, one of the original homes of BBQ. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for SUBWAY)
In this photo taken by AP Images for SUBWAY Restaurants, former Alabama football star Tyrone Protho, right, and Jared Fogle, left, "the SUBWAY guy" present a $10,000 donation to Henry Lipsey of the West Alabama Food Bank at the SUBWAY restaurant in Tuscaloosa, AL, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The chain recently introduced a new BBQ Pulled Pork sub, and the funds will help feed victims of tornadoes in the region, one of the original homes of BBQ. (Gary Tramontina/ AP Images for SUBWAY Restaurants)
Jared "the SUBWAY guy" coach the National Little League Appreciation Game for the Challenger Division as they launch the national "Buddy Badge" program on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Invision for Subway/AP Images)
Jared "The SUBWAY Guy" Fogle makes sandwiches at a SUBWAY cafe at the Navy Exchange, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Denise Austin, left, and Jared "The SUBWAY Guy" Fogle, right, flex for the camera at the Navy Exchange, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Puerto Rico and Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios teams up with Jared the SUBWAY Guy to surprise customers with free SUBWAY sandwiches prior to the World Baseball Classic final, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in San Francisco. (Photo by George Nikitin/Invision for Subway/AP Images)
In this May 28, 2014 photo, Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle arrives at the world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided Fogle's Zionsville, Ind. home on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Mel B, right, "America's Got Talent" judge and former Spice Girl, poses with Jared Fogle "The SUBWAY Guy"backstage at the "Project SUBWAY" fashion show during New York Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, as part of SUBWAY Restaurants' SUBtember celebration. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Subway Restaurants/AP Images)
A sandwich artist poses for a photo with Jared 'The Subway Guy' Fogle during SUBWAY March Madness, on Saturday, April 4, 2014 in Dallas. (Photo by Matt Strasen/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Former New England Patriots Running Back Kevin Faulk and Jared "€œThe SUBWAY Guy" take a selfie with a football fan at a SUBWAY pre-game tailgate featuring sandwiches the new premium cut, all white meat Grilled Chicken Strips, outside Gillette Stadium prior to the Conference Championship in Foxborough, MA on Sunday, January 18, 2015, prior to the Conference Championship game. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Jared "€œThe SUBWAY Guy" Fogle, right, and a fan pose with #WhereSuperHeroesEat 3D street art in celebration of SUBWAY Restaurants€™ partnership with the upcoming Marvel movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron"€ on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps NFL player Michael Crabtree, spokesman for Subway Jared Fogle and NBA player Blake Griffin arrive at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
Jared 'The SUBWAY Guy' Fogle attends Go Red For Women The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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Subway sent its then senior public-relations manager to ask Jared and a franchisee owner, rather than the victim, about the incident, the suit alleges. "Subway did not thoroughly investigate the report and did not alert authorities as they were legally required to do," it reads.

Then in 2008, a Subway franchisee from Florida notified the company that Fogle had made disturbing comments about children, as Business Insider first reported. Again, the company sent its senior public relations manager to ask Fogle about the complaint, and nothing was done, the lawsuit alleges.

Subway did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fogle was convicted and sentenced last year to nearly 16 years in prison for having sex with minors and receiving and distributing child pornography. He's serving out his sentence at a federal penitentiary in Colorado.

He married McLaughlin in 2010 and they had two children together. She filed for divorce last year after Fogle pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

McLaughlin's lawsuit also alleges that Subway "provided a platform for [Fogle] to prey on children by sending him to elementary schools all over the country."

"Despite knowing of Jared's sexual interest in children and the then-alleged sexual acts he committed with them, Subway continued to promote their star spokesman," the lawsuit reads.

The company launched a campaign known as "Jared's School Tour" which required him to visit elementary schools all over the US, according to the lawsuit.

He was also required to spend significant time in elementary school for his "Tour de Pants" campaign, in which he traveled around the US with the pants he once wore when he weighed 425 pounds.

By 2015, Fogle's weight loss story was "getting stale" so "Subway saw Jared's family as a marketing opportunity," according to the lawsuit.

Several months before an FBI raid on Fogle's home that resulted in child pornography charges against him, Subway announced a new marketing campaign promoting Jared as a family man.

The company began airing a commercial that depicted animated versions of Jared's family, including his wife and children, according to the lawsuit.

McLaughlin is now suing Subway for allegedly depicting her in the ad without her consent. She is also suing the company for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, alleging that the company's "ambition for sales and growth came at the expense" of her and her kids.

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