NewsPublic Affairs / December 4, 2015

Former Head of Jared Foundation Says Fogle 'Psychologically Abused' Him

Russell Taylor says Jared Fogle "psychologically abused" him. But prosecutors claim he "greatly impacted the lives of 12 children and their families."Jared Fogle, Russell Taylor2015-12-04T00:00:00-05:00
Former Head of Jared Foundation Says Fogle 'Psychologically Abused' Him

Prosecutors want a judge to sentence Russell Taylor to 35 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Russell Taylor is claiming ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle psychologically abused him and coerced him into creating child porn.

Taylor, the former director of a children's foundation created by Fogle, says his former boss referred to himself as "daddy" and reminded him that "daddy" was paying for his things.

Taylor’s defense filed a pre-sentencing memo on Friday. It asks a federal judge to sentence him to prison time ranging from the minimum of 15 years to 22 years. Attorneys for Taylor, 44, say he’s deeply remorseful for the pain he caused the children he secretly made videos of.

Taylor's defense argues that hidden cameras were installed in his home initially to deter theft. They alledge Fogle paid for and forced Taylor to install more cameras after it was uncovered the videos had captured children nude.

"Mr. Fogle maintained control over Mr. Taylor’s job, owned the home Mr. Taylor was living in, and provided a lavish number of experiences to Mr. Taylor. Mr. Fogle had the perfect person to carry out his sexually deviant pursuits, all the while attempting to insulate himself from the risks of the conduct."

Motion cameras were later placed inside alarm clocks in rooms of Taylor's home. Defense attorney say that Taylor never had sexual contact with any of the children filmed. Taylor is accused of turning over the videos to Fogle.

Prosecutors want a judge to sentence him to 35 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. He was arrested in April.

A sentencing memorandum filed Thursday and signed by U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says Taylor "repeatedly engaged in criminal activity targeting children" and that his actions "greatly impacted the lives of 12 children and their families."

Taylor is expected to plead guilty Dec. 10 to child exploitation and child pornography charges.

Fogle was sentenced last month to more than 15 years in prison for trading in child pornography and paying for sex with underage girls. The investigation into Taylor is what lead investigators to Fogle.

This article is by the Associated Press and WFYI's Ryan Delaney.

 

 

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