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Former Jared Foundation Director Russell Taylor attempted to commit suicide in Marion County Jail

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Russell Taylor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 6, 2015) – The former Jared Foundation director Russell Taylor attempted to commit suicide in his Marion County Jail cell Wednesday. The Marion County Sheriff’s department confirms he was not successful and is still alive.

He was taken to an Indianapolis area hospital where he is currently on life support.

Taylor was charged in federal court Monday with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Police are also looking into claims Taylor was involved with bestiality.

“Protecting those who cannot protect themselves will always be a priority of this office,” said United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler.  “Adults who sexually exploit children by producing child pornography knowingly cause vast harm to their victims and should expect appropriately strong punishment.”

Taylor faces decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

Up until his arrest, Taylor was the executive director of the Jared Foundation, named after Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle. The foundation works toward raising awareness about childhood obesity.