The Indiana man whose illegal activities eventually led to former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s agreement to plead guilty to child pornography and sex crimes charges has himself agreed to plead guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of distributing and receiving child pornography. Russell Taylor, 41, is the former director of Fogle’s childhood health nonprofit, the Jared Foundation. From the Washington Post:
Taylor is accused of secretly filming children for years, court documents state.
“Taylor and Fogle discussed among themselves that Taylor was secretly producing nude images and videos of minors in Taylor’s current and former residences in the Southern District of Indiana,” court documents detailing the allegations state. “In some of those conversations, Fogle made comments approving of this activity and discussed some of these minors by name.”
More than 400 child pornography videos were found during a raid of Taylor’s home; he was arrested in May. Authorities were initially alerted to Taylor’s activities by an acquiantance who was disturbed when he offered to send her pornographic material involving minors.
The Daily Beast has reported that Taylor and Fogle were friendly with each other before Fogle hired Taylor. It’s not clear how they met.