Attorneys request 15-22 years for Russell Taylor after prosecutor asks for 35 years in child porn case


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 3, 2015)—Prosecutors are requesting the judge to impose a 35-year prison sentence followed by a lifetime of supervised release for Russell Taylor, the former director of the Jared Foundation, ahead of his sentencing next week.

Taylor’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 10.

In late October, Taylor pleaded guilty to child pornography and child exploitation charges. He is accused of videotaping minors without their consent using cameras he’d hidden inside his home. Investigators said he showed the videos, as well as other images of child pornography, to ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. Fogle was sentenced to serve more than 15 years on Nov. 19.

In his request for a 35-year sentence with a lifetime of supervised release, U.S. attorney Josh Minkler states the following:

Persons with a sexual attraction to young children may be difficult to deter, but these sentences matter. These offenders frequently communicate with each other online and they are concerned about law enforcement efforts. In many ways, the results of these cases help to deter and teach by example. Whatever the result in this matter, it will be closely watched by current and potential offenders who have not yet been identified.

Concerning the need for the sentence imposed to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant, Taylor has a long standing and persistent pattern of criminal activity involving both the production of child pornography and related sexual activity, as described above. While he began cooperating after his arrest, this does not erase the significance of his poor impulse control and the number of his victims. In addition, he victims many members of his own family and their friends he knew well. 

Friday, Taylor’s attorneys filed a sentence memorandum, asking the judge for a 15 to 22 years sentence.

In their plea for a shorter sentence, Russell’s attorneys blame Fogle, writing “Taylor and Fogle maintained a psychologically abusive relationship.”

Russell’s attorneys argue Fogle had control over Russell’s job, owned the home Russell lived in and “provided a lavish number of experiences to Taylor.” 

The memorandum goes on to say “Mr. Fogle had the perfect person to carry out his sexually deviant pursuits, all the while attempting to insulate himself from the risks of the conduct.”

According to court documents, his attorneys ended with the following conclusion:

Per the level 42 guideline, the minimum recommended sentence for Mr. Taylor is 360 months. Given the nature and the circumstances, Mr. Taylor’s history and characteristics, the clearly disproportionate sentence that would result by a sentence to the guideline minimum of 360 months, Mr. Taylor respectfully submits that a downward deviation is warranted in this case. Mr. Taylor, as a non-contact offender, should not receive a greater sentence than the national average where 74% of the defendants perpetrated sexual offenses on their victims as part of the child pornography production. An appropriate sentence in this matter would be between 180 and 274 months.

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