Ex-director of former Subway pitchman’s foundation to plead guilty

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Co-conspirator of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to be sentenced Thursday.

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s co-conspirator, Russell Taylor, will find out how long he will go to prison in federal court in Indianapolis at 9 a.m.

Federal prosecutors are asking for 35 years in prison for Taylor, who was executive director of the Jared Foundation, a nonprofit Fogle founded to combat childhood obesity. According to documents, the pair traveled extensively together with Fogle often asking Taylor to arrange for prostitutes and increasingly expressing interest in children. District Court appears to mark the end of a shocking child pornography case that attracted international attention because of the involvement of Fogle. The former Subway sandwich pitchman was sentenced last month to 188 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.

The charges involve images of children between the ages of 9 and 16 that Taylor recorded in his Indianapolis homes and then shared with Fogle and others. They say he felt abused, threatened and manipulated by Fogle, whom Taylor says he was forced to call “Daddy.” Prosecutors disagree, saying Taylor was the mastermind of the pornography scheme. Criminal defense attorney Ross Thomas says Taylor’s lawyers have a tough sell to make. “His problem to me is, he’s directly connected to the victims.

That means Taylor faces a minimum of at least 15 years and as many as 380 years if the judge hands down the maximum on each count and orders those sentences to be served consecutively. As part of that plea agreement, the prosecutor will not ask for a sentence of more than 35 years and Taylor’s attorney will not ask for fewer than 15 years.

He will face the same judge who sentenced Fogle: Tanya Walton Pratt, widely regarded as one of the toughest federal judges in the Southern District of Indiana. Taylor, who attempted suicide days after his arrest while being held at the Marion County Jail, has since been incarcerated at a federal facility in Kentucky.

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