Ex-Jared Foundation director admits secretly filming child porn

Taylor has been in federal custody

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The former executive director of the Jared Foundation has agreed to plead guilty to all of the charges against him.

Russell Taylor was charged Tuesday with distributing and receiving child pornography in connection to Jared Fogle’s case. He’s also charged with 12 counts of child exploitation in connection to 12 children in Indiana.

Taylor agreed to plead guilty to all of the charges. If the plea agreement is accepted, Taylor will ask for a prison sentence no less than 15 years, and federal prosecutors would not ask for a sentence greater than 35 years.

Federal officials said Taylor admitted setting up secret cameras in his home to film pornography with 12 people under 18 years old, and that he was aware of their ages and identities.

According to Brad Banks, Taylor signed a guilty plea with the US Attorney’s Office in the case. The deadline to file the paperwork is this Thursday.

Taylor has been in federal custody since being released from the Marion County Jail, where he attempted to take his life in May.

Investigators raided Taylor’s home on Salem Creek Boulevard at the end of April and found child pornography inside.

According to federal documents, Taylor is accused of filming four children on hidden cameras throughout his home. He admitted to investigators that he placed the cameras to catch bad behavior and a possible thief.

Taylor also obtained from the Internet and provided Fogle with child pornography that Taylor had downloaded from various sources online. The unidentified victims in these commercial images and videos were as young as approximately six years old.

Following Taylor’s arrest, Jared Fogle — who this month agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography — released a statement on behalf of his foundation, saying it was severing ties with Taylor. However, a family member of Taylor who didn’t want to be identified, claims that wasn’t the case and said Fogle continued to privately support Taylor, and was even involved in bailing him out of jail.

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