Former Jared Foundation executive pleads guilty to 13 child porn charges

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former director of a foundation created by ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle pleaded guilty Tuesday to 13 child pornography charges.

Russell Taylor was charged in May with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography. 

With the plea deal, Taylor’s attorney won’t ask for less than 15 years in prison and the government won’t ask for a combined sentence of more than 35 years, but the Indianapolis Star reports that the judge in Taylor’s case is not bound by the agreement.

Taylor could also eventually be prosecuted on other charges if more crimes are discovered in the future.

Taylor led the Jared Foundation, which raises awareness and money to fight childhood obesity. Taylor is in federal custody.

Fogle is also expected to plead guilty at a hearing in November. He faces federal charges of distribution and receipt of child pornography and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Fogle has been released on home detention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was originally published at 12:11 p.m. and updated at 2:46 p.m.