Victim of Jared Fogle sex scandal speaks out on Dr. Phil today

Analissa and Dr. Phil
Victim of Jared Fogle sex scandal speaks out on Dr. Phil today
Victim of Jared Fogle sex scandal speaks out on Dr. Phil today

Today on Dr. Phil, the first identified victim of the Jared Fogle sex scandal speaks out.

Analissa, 16, tells Dr. Phil about how her life has been affected after learning Russell Taylor, the former Executive Director of The Jared Foundation, secretly recorded her when she was just 14. 

After seeing the Dr. Phil episodes two weeks ago that revealed secret audio recordings of the former Subway spokesperson talking about luring and abusing children, Analissa contacted the show because she says she couldn't remain silent any longer and felt compelled to speak out for the other victims of these shocking and appalling crimes.  

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WTHR's Kevin Rader spoke to Dr. Phil Wednesday about the upcoming episode. He asked Dr. Phil how he came to learn Analissa's story.

"Analissa watched our show when we revealed the tapes that had been made by Jared Fogle when he thought he was talking to a confidante and these were the tapes made in association with the FBI.  She watched that show and was really moved at that time and felt like, 'You know what?  I want to come forward.  I want to tell my story.  There are others out there like me, either in this situation, in this case or others sitting silent or suffering and I don't want that to happen.  I want to use what happened, use my story and come forward and talk about this.'  So she contacted the show, along with her mother, and said, 'I want to talk about this and raise awareness.  I want to inspire others to do the same thing.'"

Given Analissa's relatively young age, Dr. Phil explained, "She will be 17 very soon.  I found her to be a very intelligent and focused young woman.  Now we have to remember that at the time this happened she was 14.  She's now almost 17 and much wiser and one of the things that really stood out is she looks back at this now with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight she's like, 'oh, my. I now recognize what grooming was going on.  I now recognize what a mistake I made.  I now recognize the manner in which I was victimized.  I now completely understand so many of the things I was oblivious to just a few years earlier when I was 14 years of age,' and she said, 'I so wish someone had done for me what I am doing now when I was 14 years of age.'"

Dr. Phil says the thing to keep in mind is that a child was victimized.

"She did not know it at the time and she is very straightforward about saying, 'look, I should have been more transparent with my mother and that is the reason that we as kids need to not lie to our parents.  I wasn't forthcoming about where I was going and what I was doing.  I was not being transparent and as a result I allowed myself to be put in harms way.   I didn't realize what was going on.  I was being videotaped and didn't know it.  I had pictures being taken and didn't know it.  I was being supplied with alcohol which I thought was cool.  I just didn't have the maturity to understand the gravity to understand the decisions I was making,' so for kids to hear that is certainly a good thing and I think parents are going to have to decide whether or not they want their children to hear the subject matter because we are talking about these things were sold into the porn industry.  They are very clear the CPS told their mother these pictures were taken to Jared Fogle and they viewed them together and the went  on the internet and were viewed that way so it does talk about the seedy side of the internet so parents will have to decide if their children already know about that or whether they want them to see that content."

WTHR asked Dr. Phil what surprised him most about the case.

"I guess it is that we have to understand and know that there are predators among us.  We can't just be sensitive to the smarmy-looking guy in the trench coat down by the school yard.  These predators live among us and they oftentimes disguised as the smiling neighbor and helpful person.  These people understand how to groom a family.  They find families who are vulnerable, need help.  Need that extra hand and here is the helpful guy who says, 'I will take your child to the game.  I know you don't have a husband around.  I know you are both working.  I will take them to the mall.  I will pick them up. Don't worry. Let me help out.'  Sadly there are nice genuine people who offer that kind of help.  That is how these predators hide in plain sight.  They embed themselves with really genuine helpful people and it is a sad fact that we have to be on the lookout for everybody but these predators are hiding in plain sight among people who do have good intentions."

Dr. Phil added, "This is a teachable moment and I think every parent needs to watch what is going on here."

The episode airs today, November 12th, at 4:00 pm on WTHR Channel 13.
In the interview, Analissa says Russell Taylor would often interact with her when she was at his home and claims he would sometimes make inappropriate sexual comments. During the investigation, she and her mother learned that hidden cameras had been placed by Taylor throughout the home, including the bedrooms and bathrooms, where Analissa believes she was secretly recorded. 

"He seemed okay at first. He seemed like a nice person, but as time progressed, it kind of got creepier and creepier," Analissa told Dr. Phil, speaking about Taylor.

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Find out how Analissa claims Taylor manipulated her, the inappropriate comments she says he made and how she now believes he was grooming her to have sex with him when she turned 16, which fortunately never happened. But the experience left Analissa with emotional scars that will take a long time to heal.

 "He took my happiness, he took my trust, he took my pride, everything. I feel so low. I feel like nothing," she said.

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