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September 02, 2015

Ex-Jared Foundation Official to Plead Guilty to Sex Charges

The former executive director of disgraced ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's charity agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to a dozen counts of child sexual exploitation, Reuters reports.

Russell Taylor, 43, will also admit to a charge of distributing and receiving child pornography and would serve 15 to 35 years in prison under a deal with federal prosecutors in Indiana. According to a court filing, Mr. Taylor sexually exploited children as young as 6 years old and used hidden cameras in his homes to produce nude images and videos of minors, which he allegedly discussed and shared with Mr. Fogle.

Mr. Fogle — who gained fame in Subway ads that touted his massive weight loss on a diet consisting largely of the fast-food chain's sandwiches — has also agreed to plead guilty to child-sex charges. He launched the Jared Foundation in 2008 to support programs fighting childhood obesity, but it has reportedly contributed little money directly to the cause.

Mr. Fogle sued Mr. Taylor in late August over nonpayment of a loan Mr. Taylor used to buy a house where authorities say some of the pornographic images were recorded, the Indianapolis Star writes.