The first identified victim in the Jared Fogle child pornography scandal is speaking out.
Sixteen-year-old Analissa opened up to Dr. Phil in an exclusive special, set to air on Thursday, about what she says was her experience with Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation. Taylor, 43, has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to using hidden cameras in his home to secretly film children while they were in the bathroom, changing and showering.
Analissa and her family reached out to Dr. Phil after watching a special in which the talk show host revealed secretly-recorded audio tapes identified as Fogle talking over a period of years about his sexual interest in minors. Analissa told Dr. Phil that when she was 14, she spent time at one of Taylor’s houses, where she may have been secretly recorded on camera.
“He seemed like a nice person,” Analissa said of Taylor in this clip from the special. “But, as time progressed, he kind of got creepier and creepier.”
When asked to elaborate, the teen told Dr. Phil, “It’s a weird feeling of something going on. But, at the time, I didn’t fully understand it.”
“This is a courageous young woman,” Dr. Phil told ET’s Nischelle Turner on Tuesday. “She watched that show and said, ‘I need to speak out for every victim in America’...She said, 'I want to do this, and I want to show my face. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I've done nothing wrong here and I want to be an advocate.’”
Analissa told Dr. Phil that Taylor would take her to the liquor store and buy beer and vodka, which she then consumed. She says that she doesn’t believe “anything happened” while she was under the influence.
“I don’t remember all of what happened, but I do remember being very, very intoxicated,” she recounted.
“She was being what she called brainwashed, which she now recognizes is grooming,” Dr. Phil explained to Turner. “He was talking to her about sex, having sex, how great it was, how cool it was, and giving her alcohol. When she began to recount this and began to come to grips with just how much she had been violated...it's kind of overwhelming. It's like, there's no way to unring that bell.”
In August, federal prosecutors said in court documents that Fogle had agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19.
“She knows they both were involved,” Dr. Phil said of Analissa’s knowledge of the ongoing legal proceedings in the case. “She knows CPS advised her that the images were taken by Taylor, carried to Fogle, that they both dealt with them, both looked at them, both did whatever they did with them. Both are being prosecuted and held accountable.”
The talk show host told ET that he hopes the interview can be a teaching tool for families to help prevent this from happening to other children.
“I think parents need to be aware that we're going to be talking about pornography, we're going to be talking about Internet images and that sort of thing,” he detailed. “There's nothing too graphic here, but we are going to be talking about grooming and what took place. I think it is clearly a teachable moment.”