Jared Fogle – Just One More Pedophile, But Wait……What About The Informant?
So, the news about Jared Fogle is out and I have to wonder how long he’ll last in prison. He agreed to plead, “Guilty,” to charges of receiving child pornography, as well as traveling to engage in paid sexual encounters with children and will be sentence to 5-12 years. His recorded conversations are, by every stretch of the imagination, chilling and utterly revolting. When pressed to explain his preferences with regard to age and gender, he is recorded stating, “I like all ages. That’s the thing, I mean, I like them all.”
Former journalist, Rochelle Herman-Walrond, was involved with the FBI in a four-year-long collection of evidence to nail Fogle as a child-sexual predator. What disturbs me most about this fact is that children were still being harmed during that period, whether they were being directly abused by Fogle, or whether he was viewing imagery of the exploitation of children being harmed by someone else. Throughout that time period, children were being damaged, forever. For this reason, I feel that the FBI should be taken to task as to why it took that long to collect evidence and to determine how deeply Herman-Walrond was involved in the whole charade.
None of this makes sense to me. Fogle is absolutely a sexual predator of the most despicable kind and makes no excuses or apologies for his choices, actions, decisions, and behaviors. He is a full-blown, real-life, and very active psychopath that will not ever, ever, ever change. He is beyond help. He is beyond salvage. He cannot and will not change. But, what does this make Herman-Walrond to be? A hapless informant for a government agency?
Mind you, these questions do not indicate that I feel one smidgen of empathy or compassion for Fogle. I’m not interested in his personal story because I don’t care what compelled him to use, abuse, and terminally damage children in such a way. What I am interested in is why it took so long to bring him to justice when it rarely takes that much time to nail a regular individual who attempts to set up sexual encounters, online, when agents pretend to be children in chat rooms and other technological venues. Herman-Walrond claimed that she had alerted authorities after having had conversations with Fogle that raised questions about his activities after she determined to develop a “friendship” with him after a media event. She claimed that she developed the friendship, at first, because her journalist’s instincts kicked in and later engaged in years of role-playing as per the FBI’s instructions. However, in further recorded conversations, it was quite apparent that Herman-Walrond was to accompany Fogle on his pre-paid child-sex-tour, abroad, and Fogle’s own words included her as an active participant.
In my opinion a person does not go on about their sexual preferences with children with someone that they just met (generally speaking) unless there is a common interest. Furthermore, one doesn’t continue those types of graphic conversations for four years (or, more) unless there has been a bond of accomplice clearly formed. This just does not make sense to me.
What is clear to me is that this is probably just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and it behooves us all to contemplate this, for ourselves. I recently posted a comment about the behaviors of a woman that was being verbally abusive to a child during a visit to a local restaurant. In retrospect, I had an opportunity to ask to use the restaurant’s phone to call the police, myself, and I didn’t act on this idea. I do feel that it was one more learning experience for me: report abuse to the authorities, immediately, whether I have a cell phone or I have to use a business phone to do it. This is directly related to the case against Fogle – someone knew what he was doing, and the informant went on play-acting for years and I find it difficult to believe that her role in this whole ugly case was one of an innocent bystander.
My belief and opinion is that Herman-Waldrond is involved just as deeply as Fogle was, and that someone besides these two people were 100% aware of what was going on and did nothing to stop him before more children were harmed. I have no “evidence” to support this opinion, it is my opinion only, but from what I have seen in the news these are my conclusions.