Scott Lippitt faces at least five felony charges, including criminal attempt at sexual assault on a child; enticement of a child; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; internet luring; and internet sexual exploitation of a child, according to documents from the Fremont County Court clerk's office in Colorado.
"We just found out about this arrest and are shocked and disappointed," the Denver-based sandwich chain said in a written statement. "We find any of the alleged behavior reprehensible and have placed Mr. Lippitt on an indefinite leave of absence pending further investigation."
Mr. Lippitt did not return calls for comment.
The 47-year-old Englewood, Colo., resident is set to appear in court Aug. 10 after posting $250,000 bond, according the court clerk's office.
The arrest culminated a week of online chats between Mr. Lippitt and a Canon City, Colo., Police Department officer who posed as a 13-year-old girl. According to the arrest warrant, Mr. Lippitt asked the officer sexually explicit questions under the screen name "Lip5454."
According to the statement, Mr. Lippitt contacted the officer Aug. 1, offering to teach her "how to be a woman." A meeting was arranged at the Canon City train depot the following day, and Mr. Lippitt was arrested.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest, said Sheriff Jim Beicker, confirming that Mr. Lippitt was free on bond.
Mr. Lippitt joined Quiznos in August 2004 from independent ad agency Doner, Southfield, Mich. He has been involved with some much-maligned campaigns at Quiznos, from the shrieking "spongemonkeys" to a wisecracking character with the body of an infant but voice of an adult named Baby Bob who hit on adult women. The chain in June officially dumped the Baby Bob campaign, which was created by Siltanen & Partners, El Segundo, Calif., and its longtime tagline "Mmmm ... Toasty" for product-oriented creative and a new slogan, "Eat Up," WPP Group's from Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago.