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Florida woman: I helped feds nail Subway child sex perv Jared Fogle

Rochelle Herman said Jared Fogle bizarrely revealed his penchant for child sex.

A Florida woman who says she helped the feds nail perv Jared Fogle is speaking out for the first time.

|<image-caption><p>Jared Fogle and Rochelle Herman.</p></image-caption>|Reuters, YouTube

Talk radio host Rochelle Herman said she met Fogle when she interviewed him several times and was shocked by how open he was about his interest in underage sexual encounters.

“He's a monster. I’m numb. I’m shocked. I’m relieved most of all. He just found comfort talking to me” about sex with children, she said told the Sarasota, Fla. local ABC affiliate.

“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.

And what she did, she said, was start recording her talks for federal investigators. Court papers indicated the feds had several informants recording Fogle.

Fogle on Wednesday asked a federal judge to accept his plea of guilty to charges of child pornography and traveling for illicit paid sex with minors.

Fogle, who became famous after losing a lot of weight on a diet that included Subway sandwiches, was placed on home detention and must wear an electronic monitoring device.

No date has been set for his next appearance as the judge in the case mulls the proposed plea deal, under which he would serve between five and 12 years in prison, pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, and register as a sex offender.

Subway fired Fogle on Tuesday.

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Herman said that in her talks with Fogle, 37, he indicated he gallivanted around the world looking for underage sex.

“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,” she said.

Government investigators said they found 159,000 text messages, more than 27,000 emails, more than 47,000 images and 3,300 videos in their probe.

“This is about using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said.

Related:JaredFogle allegedly paid 16-year-old for sex.

Authorities were “dealing with a celebrity who had access, power and resources to do whatever he wanted. He used that to … take advantage of children,” said Richard Hite, chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“I want to make sure we send a message. You may hide in the confines of your home, on the Internet, your laptop and your tablet. We will find you. We’re looking, we’re paying attention, we will find you.”

Fogle’s wife, Katie, has filed for divorce.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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