Jared Fogle associates sentenced for child pornography

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) — Associates of former Subway pitcher Jared Fogle were sentenced to decades in prison on Monday for producing, possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material.

Russell Taylor, 50, and his ex-wife, Angela Baldwin, 40, were sentenced to 27 and 33 years respectively.

The US Department of Justice said the investigation into Taylor, Baldwin and Fogle began in 2014, when an acquaintance of Taylor and Baldwin told Indiana State Police that Taylor had offered to work. send sexual abuse material about her child. In 2015, a search warrant was executed at Taylor and Baldwin’s home, and child sexual abuse material was found on several electronic devices, according to the DOJ.

Taylor and Fogle were charged, pleaded guilty, and sentenced in 2015. Taylor appealed and his conviction was overturned in 2020. The DOJ said that during the subsequent reinvestigation, investigators uncovered evidence involving Baldwin, and she was charged with child production. sexual abuse material, possession of child sexual abuse material and conspiracy to produce child sexual abuse material.

Taylor and Baldwin worked together and with others, including Fogle, to produce, possess and distribute child sexual abuse material between 2011 and 2015, the DOJ said. Taylor and Baldwin placed hidden cameras in their home to secretly record children naked and/or engaging in sexual activity.

Taylor pleaded guilty in June 2021 to multiple offenses, including 24 counts of producing child sexual abuse material. Baldwin was found guilty in October 2021 of two counts of producing child sexual abuse material, one count of conspiracy to produce child sexual abuse material and one count possession of child sexual abuse material.

“Russell Taylor and Angela Baldwin not only abused children by producing child sexual abuse material in their home, but also re-victimized children again and again by contributing to the distribution of these images,” the statement said. Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Indianapolis, Herbert J. Stapleton.

In court on Monday, Taylor and Baldwin were told they would face decades in prison as survivors of what US District Judge Tonya Walton Pratt called “horrible” abuse watched and testified in a courtroom. federal courtroom in downtown Indianapolis.

One told the court that she self-harmed after the abuse became known.

“You had no right to do this to me or any of the other kids,” she chided Taylor, who sat at the defense table in a green prison jumpsuit.

Another woman testified that she suffered from separation anxiety and would never allow her children to sleep over with friends.

A third said she had lost the ability to trust and love.

A total of nine young girls told investigators they were groomed, sated with drugs and alcohol, introduced to sex toys and assaulted by both Taylor and Baldwin, often on video shared between Taylor and Fogle who texted to meet one. children or take it on a business trip.

“My actions hurt you,” Taylor told survivors gathered with victim advocates and a service dog in the courtroom. “I violated your guys’ trust.”

Taylor admitted that he “selfishly views you as instruments for our own desires”.

Judge Pratt noted the role that Taylor’s guilty plea and cooperation in exposing Fogle and Baldwin’s roles played in re-sentencing him to 27 years in prison.

“The defendant ruined the lives of these girls,” the judge said.

Taylor has already served seven years of his previous sentence and will be credited for his new term.

The judge was not so lenient with Baldwin.

Survivors, including Baldwin’s young parents, said she sexually abused them and said her text messages recorded her cheerful responses. She also threw a laptop computer with explicit child pornography videos into Fall Creek, swallowed a cell phone SIM card and told the victims to lie to investigators.

A survivor told WXIN that in the five years between Fogle and Taylor’s arrests and her own indictment, Baldwin asked one of the teenagers to accompany her on a speaking engagement at a school as she presented himself as a victim of domestic violence.

Baldwin’s attorney told the court his client, as Taylor’s wife, “did it for him.” The accused also testified that she was overwhelmed by fear.

“I hurt those I loved, completely destroying my family,” she said. “I am no longer the person I was then.”

Judge Pratt didn’t believe it.

“It’s a crime what you did to these children,” Judge Pratt said, calling the abuse “gross.”

Judge Pratt then sentenced Baldwin to more than 33 years in federal prison, enough time to provide her with the mental health services the court determined she needed.

The court found that Baldwin abused children even when Taylor was out of town on business trips.

“She can’t blame these cases on Russell Taylor,” Judge Pratt said.

Baldwin told the judge she would appeal her conviction and sentence.


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