Jared Fogle's Cronies Russell Taylor, Angela Baldwin Get Prison
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Husband and Wife Who Worked with Disgraced Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle to Sexually Exploit Children Get Decades Behind Bars

 
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Jared Fogle walks the runway at the Project Subway show during Nolcha Fashion Week New York Spring/Summer 2014 presented by RUSK at Pier 59 Studio on Sept. 11, 2013 in New York City.

Disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s co-conspirators, a husband-and-wife team of predators, must spend decades in prison for sexually exploiting children with surreptitiously recorded videos they distributed, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Russell Taylor and his now-ex-wife Angela Taylor (now known as Angela Baldwin) sexually abused minors for years.

Taylor, who received a 27-year sentence, pleaded guilty to several counts of sexually exploiting minors and receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography. Baldwin unsuccessfully fought similar charges at a trial, and she received a longer, 30-year sentence.

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

According to court documents, the Taylors placed hidden cameras in their house in order to secretly record minors nude or engaging in sexual activity. Prosecutors say that the conspiracy lasted for at least four years between 2011 until their arrest in April 2015.

“During the search, officers found child pornography on multiple electronic devices inside the residence, including images and videos that appeared to have been created in the residence,” Russell Taylor’s sentencing memo states. “Based on the camera angles of some of the videos, officers determined that there were likely hidden cameras in the house. And, in fact, hidden cameras designed to look like clocks were found in the master bedroom and the upstairs hall bathroom.”

Authorities then identified and interviewed the children depicted in the videos.

Federal prosecutors charged Fogle with distributing child pornography and engaging in commercial sex acts with minors. Fogle quickly announced his intention to plead guilty, and he received a more than 15.5-year sentence in late 2015. He is currently serving his sentence in a low-security prison in Colorado, with an anticipated release date of March 24, 2029.

In 2018, Fogle filed a lawsuit accusing the Barack Obama administration of misconduct. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, a Donald Trump appointee, quickly dismissed that case with prejudice later that year.

Fogle’s co-conspirators’ prosecution dragged out for much longer. Though Taylor initially pleaded guilty in 2015, he successfully appealed his conviction, which was vacated in 2020. Prosecutors say that the subsequent investigation implicated Baldwin. Both were convicted the following year: Taylor through a guilty plea and Baldwin by a jury.

Authorities say that the couple’s victims included multiple relatives of theirs, including two of Angela Taylor’s young teenage daughters, their friends, and her niece. Another survivor was a 13-year-old who previously was Russell Taylor’s ex-relative-in-law.

“The facts show that the Defendant is abused and exploited multiple children over a period of years, including the hands-on sexual abuse of 2 children,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn E. Olivier wrote in Russell Taylor’s sentencing memo. “This abhorrent behavior deserves severe punishment to deter the Defendant, and others like him, from doing this again.”

Fogle was Russell Taylor’s employer, prosecutors say.

Baldwin’s attorney Dorie Maryan express relief that the judge did not opt for the government’s recommended 55-year sentence, which she said would have been “unreasonable under the law.”

“My client cannot undo what she has done and she has to live with that for the rest of her life,” Maryan said. “I hope her victims and heal and move forward from this horrible situation. That is what she wants.”

Taylor’s attorney did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s email requesting comment.

Read Taylor’s sentencing memo, below:

(Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Nolcha Fashion Week)

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Law&Crime's managing editor Adam Klasfeld has spent more than a decade on the legal beat. Previously a reporter for Courthouse News, he has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, PBS, Sky News, and other networks.