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Pair Who Conspired With Jared Fogle Sentenced For Child Exploitation

Russell Taylor, who was charged alongside former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle for crimes against children, had his case overturned in 2020, but a new investigation resulted in the successful prosecution of him and his then-wife, Angela Taylor Baldwin.

By Jax Miller
Former Jared Foundation executive director Russell Taylor

A divorced couple has been sentenced in a child exploitation case that involved former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle.

Russell Taylor, 50, and Angela Baldwin, née Taylor, 40, were sentenced to decades in federal prison following an eight-year child sex abuse investigation, according to the Department of Justice. Taylor was charged and found guilty alongside disgraced former Subway frontman Jared Fogle in 2015 before Taylor appealed, leading to his conviction being overturned in 2020.

A re-investigation into Taylor revealed his then-wife was also part of the crimes against children, according to court records filed with the U.S Attorney’s Office Southern District of Indiana.

“The Taylors have finally been held accountable for their years of heinous sexual exploitation of children,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers. “Child sexual abusers must be held accountable for the lifelong impact of these crimes on survivors and their families.”

The initial investigation began back in 2014 when someone who knew the Taylors alerted the Indiana State Police, claiming the couple offered to send her images containing child sexual abuse, according to the Department of Justice. A subsequent search of the couple’s shared Indiana home revealed those images, as well as hidden cameras found inside the residence.

Feds say the couple conspired with others, including Fogle, between 2011 and 2015.

Jared Fogle at the premiere of Inside Out

“Taylor and Baldwin placed hidden cameras in their house to secretly record minor children fully nude and/or engaging in sexual activity,” according to the statement. “In addition to viewing the hidden camera footage, Taylor and Baldwin also distributed the sexually explicit images and videos to each other, to Fogle, and to other members of the conspiracy.”

Russell Taylor of Indianapolis was sentenced to 27 years in prison in December 2015 but had his conviction overturned in 2020 on the grounds of ineffective counsel, according to Fox Indianapolis affiliate WXIN.

A new look into the case implicated Baldwin, leading to her being charged with production, possession, and the conspiracy to produce child sex abuse material.

Prosecutors filed new charges against Taylor in June 2021, according to NBC Indianapolis affiliate WTHR. Taylor pleaded guilty later that month to a host of criminal charges, including 24 counts of producing child sexual abuse material, according to the Department of Justice.

Baldwin was found guilty by a jury in October.

“This case demonstrated the never-ending commitment of the FBI and our law enforcement partners to seek justice for the victims of child sexual abuse, said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “Russell Taylor and Angela Baldwin not only abused children by producing child sexual abuse material in their home, but also re-victimized children over and over again by contributing to the distribution of these images.”

U.S. District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Russell Taylor to 27 years in federal prison, while Angel Baldwin was sentenced to 400 months (just over 33 years) for her crimes, according to the Department of Justice. As part of their sentences, both will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office following their release, and both must register as sex offenders.

Fogle, who gained fame in 2000 when crediting the fast-food chain for his significant weight loss, is currently serving more than 15 years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado.

The case was investigated by several agencies, including the FBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

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