Jared Fogle Associate Sentenced to 27 Years

Russell Taylor tells court he was a ' vile, selfish, self-loathing' person
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2022 2:39 PM CDT
Jared Fogle Associate Sentenced to 27 Years
This booking photo provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows former Jared Foundation executive director Russell Taylor.   (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department via AP, File)

(Newser) – An associate of Jared Fogle who provided evidence that led to the criminal case against the disgraced former Subway pitchman was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison for sexually molesting young girls and installing cameras to secretly take videos and photos of the victims. Russell Taylor, 50, who pleaded guilty last year to 30 child pornography and sexual exploitation crimes for his acts against nine children, was sentenced by a federal judge, the Indianapolis Star reports. The victims were ages 9 to 16 when the crimes occurred. Two of the girls were molested by Taylor and his wife, Angela Baldwin, who was convicted in 2020 of four child exploitation and child pornography crimes.

The couple shared videos and photos of the girls with Fogle that were captured by hidden cameras Taylor installed in the couple's Indianapolis home. Fogle was sentenced in 2015 to 15 years in prison for possession or distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. Taylor was executive director of the Jared Foundation, a nonprofit that Fogle started to raise awareness and money to fight childhood obesity. He provided evidence that led to the criminal case against Fogle, his one-time boss and close friend.

Taylor was originally sentenced in 2015, but US District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in 2020 found that he had received ineffective legal assistance because his lawyer had failed to challenge three criminal charges against him for which there was no factual basis. Taylor’s attorneys asked Pratt to sentence him to 19 years, while prosecutors sought a prison sentence of 35 years. Taylor told the court Monday that he was a "vile, selfish, self-loathing, sorry excuse" for a human, but that time in prison had changed him. He said he had taken advantage of a sex offender rehabilitation class while incarcerated.

(Read more Jared Fogle stories.)

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