INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2015) - Court documents and a psychological evaluation of Jared Fogle’s child porn co-conspirator Russell Taylor point to a twisted relationship between the two, involving manipulation that spanned years.
A judge sentenced Taylor Thursday to nearly three decades behind bars. Now, one major question looms-- one legal experts say we may never have an answer to.
“Who was the dominant and who was the passive person? I don’t think we’re ever going to know,” said Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Crawford.
Fogle claims it was Taylor who got him hooked on child pornography, but recently revealed court documents show otherwise; that Taylor perhaps was easily manipulated and simply a pawn in Fogle’s sick game.
“I think the judge looking at the case decided that Jared was the person that was driving the bus if you will and he had a lot of influence on Russell,” said Crawford.
Court-appointed psychologists revealed claims Taylor made during a psychological assessment in November. He said Fogle forced him to purchase new computers and download child porn in accounts associated to his name.
“Mr. Taylor’s profile suggests that he is fearfully dependent and socially anxious and he is highly likely to depend on others for guidance due to his inability to assert himself… Mr. Taylor is highly likely to be exploited by others and also to willingly permit them to do so,” read the psychological assessment.
In the court room during his sentencing, Taylor said, "I was always an outcast who never fit in, and I met someone famous and rich. And he wanted to be my friend."
The pair now is spending years behind bars. Both are living lives far from children, including their own.
“I don’t think they’d be able to go to the movies; I don’t think they’d be able to go to the mall and come into contact with children. The life of Jared Fogle and Russell Taylor from here on is not going to be a pretty one for them,” said Crawford.
At least six of Taylor’s twelve victims were relatives. Taylor was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release, meaning law enforcement will know where he is at all times. He will likely never have contact with a child again.