INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 17, 2016) – Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, Russell Taylor and his wife Angela Taylor are the focus of a federal lawsuit filed in an Indianapolis court on Tuesday.
The plaintiff, identified as “Jane Doe,” is a minor from Connersville. She is seeking $150,000 for personal injuries, emotional distress, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, and negligence.
Court documents say sometime between March 2011 and January 2015, Russell Taylor installed multiple hidden cameras in his home concealed in clock radios to secretly film various minors, including Jane Doe, changing clothes, showering, bathing, and engaging in other personal and private activities. Court documents also say Russell Taylor distributed these sexually explicit images and videos to Jared Fogle.
“These cases are important and they should go forward," stated IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor, Jennifer Drobac.
Drobac also recently authored a book published last month called; "Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers: Adolescent Development, Discrimination, and Consent Law (University of Chicago Press, 2016)." The book describes the challenges teens and youth face when victims of exploitation. Drobac said the Jared Fogle case is just another example of ensuring victims are not punished, but compensated financially for the damages the experienced.
“Money is critically important to pay for their counseling, their brains are developing and growing and sexual abuse has an impact on a developing adolescent brain," Drobac explained.
The figure of $150,000 is included in the state code to describe the minimum amount for damages a victim endured. The victim in this case could be awarded at least $300,000, but law experts said receiving the money could be difficult.
“They could find that he (Taylor) is more culpable and award greater damages against him, but collecting him I would think it would be a bit different from Jared versus Russell Taylor," explained criminal defense attorney, Jeff Baldwin.
Baldwin is not involved in this case, but said as long as video or pictures show clear evidence the victim was recorded, the case is likely made. Baldwin said how much the victim receives is up to the jury.
“How you would calculate that, I would assume it would depend on how much you can prove that it was distributed, to how many people," Baldwin explained.
The documents also allege that Jared Fogle failed to act or otherwise prevent the actions, and instead, he encouraged and solicited such activities to continue.
This federal lawsuit marks the first time Russell Taylor's wife Angela Taylor has been mentioned in a lawsuit related to the case. According to court documents, Angela Taylor was present during all of the victim's visits and she was responsible for the victim's care and supervision.