Jared Fogle Associate Russell Taylor Sentenced to 27 Years in Child Porn Case
Russell Taylor, 44, is satisfied with his sentence, his attorney tells PEOPLE
Russell Taylor, the former head of the charity founded by now imprisoned ex Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, was sentenced on Thursday to 27 years in prison on child pornography charges.
Taylor, 44, was convicted of 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis. Prosecutors said Taylor used hidden cameras in his Indianapolis homes to secretly film 12 children between March 2011 and April 2015 while they were in the bathroom showering, bathing and changing clothes.
“We are pleased with the sentence,” said Tim Horty, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney, who asked for a 35-year sentence.
“Mr. Taylor victimized children as young as 9 years old,” Horty tells PEOPLE. “Protecting those young folks is one of our highest priorities in this office.”
Taylor, whose attorney Brad Banks asked for a sentence of 15 to 23 years, was also satisfied with the sentence. “He thought the judge was very fair,” Banks tells PEOPLE.
A tearful Taylor “was very remorseful and apologetic,” during the court hearing, says Banks, who noted that the sentence, which is longer than the almost 16 years imposed on Fogle, was due to the fact that Taylor produced the porn, which “comes with higher penalties than possession or distribution,” he tells PEOPLE.
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Fogle was sentenced in November to 15 years and 8 months in prison for possession of child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. He also paid $1.4 million in restitution to his 14 victims.
The investigation into Fogle began in earnest following Taylor’s arrest, Horty said. “What we found in Russell Taylor’s home and on his computers led us to Jared Fogle,” he tells PEOPLE.
Taylor was charged after an April raid on his home, during which authorities discovered a cache of more than 400 sexually explicit photos and videos that he produced, prosecutors said. He shared some of those videos, as well commercially-made child porn he downloaded from the Internet, with Fogle.
Taylor, who served as executive director of the Jared Foundation, Fogle’s charity to combat childhood obesity, has been in custody since his arrest. In addition to prison time, federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt also sentenced Taylor to a lifetime of supervised release and said he must register as a sex offender, prosecutors said.