Jared Fogle associate Russell Taylor to be sentenced to child porn case next week

Russell Taylor, former executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges in April.
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Three weeks after Jared Fogle was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison, Russell Taylor, the former head of Fogle's foundation, will go before the same judge to learn his fate.

Taylor, 43, agreed to a plea deal on child porn and exploitation charges in September. He admitted making child pornography he gave to Fogle.

Prosecutors want 35 years, saying Taylor gave minors drugs, alcohol and money "to induce them to engage in sex acts," two of them with with Taylor when they were 14 years old.  

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler asked for the sentence in a memorandum filed Thursday. Minkler says Russell Taylor "greatly impacted" the lives of 12 children and their families.

Taylor's attorneys are pushing for 15 to nearly 23 years, calling Taylor's relationship with Fogle "psychologically abusive." They say Fogle had a "controlling influence," referring to himself as Taylor's "Daddy," and reminding Taylor, "Daddy was paying for things."

Court documents reveal how Taylor said he and Jared Fogle became friends and soon shared a sexual encounter with a stripper.

Taylor has admitted setting up cameras throughout his home to record minors and providing those videos to Fogle.

A psychological evaluation suggests Taylor "idolized" Fogle. Taylor is quoted as saying "whatever he needed fixed, whatever he needed taken care of [I'd do.] The last ten years have been [about me] keeping him out of trouble."

The report says Taylor claims he was physically abused by his parents and sexually abused by a neighborhood boy and his father. Taylor justified his actions by saying that Fogle "forced" him to do it.

After a seven-hour interview the psychologist concluded while Taylor is "emotionally unstable," his risk for re-offense is low due to his "dependent personality disorder and history of sexual trauma."

The psychologist also noted Taylor's suicide attempt in May at the Marion County Jail, saying he's at high risk for another attempt and should continue to be monitored. The judge will take all of those details into consideration next Thursday when Taylor is sentenced. 

Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison last month.

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