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Ex-couple linked to Jared Fogle’s child pornography case goes to jail

INDIANAPOLIS – A divorced Indiana couple who prosecutors say shared sexually explicit photos and videos of children with former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle were sentenced to decades in prison on Monday.

A federal judge sentenced Angela Baldwin, 40, of Connersville, to 33 years and four months in prison, the Justice Department said. A jury convicted her in October on two counts of producing child sexual abuse material, one count of conspiracy to produce such material and one count of possession.

Her ex-husband Russell Taylor, who ran a nonprofit founded by Fogle, pleaded guilty to 30 counts of child pornography and sexual exploitation last year for his actions against nine children. Taylor, 50, was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Monday, the Justice Department said.

The victims were between 9 and 16 years old at the time of the crime.

The couple shared videos and photos of the girls with Fogle, which were captured by hidden cameras Taylor installed at the then-couple’s Indianapolis home, prosecutors said.

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Fogle, who became a Subway pitchman after losing more than 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) as a college student, in part by eating the chain’s sandwiches, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2015 for possessing or distributing child pornography and Traveling across the state condemns lines for having sex with a minor.

Taylor was executive director of the Jared Foundation, a nonprofit that Fogle started to raise awareness and money to fight childhood obesity. He provided evidence that led to the criminal case against Fogle, his former boss and close friend.

Taylor was originally convicted in 2015, but U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found in 2020 that he received invalid counsel because his attorney failed to contest three unfounded criminal charges against him.

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Taylor’s attorneys asked Pratt to sentence him to 19 years in prison, while prosecutors wanted 35 years in prison. Pratt handed down a reduced sentence because he provided federal law enforcement with vital information that helped them bring charges against Baldwin and Fogle.

During Taylor’s sentencing hearing, Pratt described the four years of fostering, exploiting and molesting the children from 2011 to 2015 as a “mutual perversion” between Taylor, Baldwin and Fogle.

Taylor told the court Monday he was a “vile, selfish, self-loathing, saddened apology” for a human being, but that time in prison changed him. He said he attended a sex offender rehabilitation course while incarcerated.

At Taylor’s sentencing, federal prosecutor Kathryn Olivier read statements from some of the victims – some of whom are relatives of Taylor and Baldwin – who said they expected to need mental health care and medication for the rest of their lives. One victim said that whenever she is in the bathroom of a house she does not own, she checks for cameras.

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