By Julie DeVito
With two positions to fill after last years’ death of Osama Bin Laden, the FBI announced this month the newest addition
to the Top Ten Most Wanted List. Eric Toth, 30, former third grade teacher, camp counselor, and nanny has been added for accusations of creating and possessing child pornography.
“We feel he is dangerous and the biggest concern is that he is working with students somewhere because his experience is education,” said FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire. “His background is all geared towards working with students as a teacher, as a tutor, as a nanny, and we’re very concerned that he has engaged in that sort of job again and that he’s in contact with students and they’re in danger. There’s no on off switch where he’s just going to stop having the desire with young children.”
Toth, who also goes by the alias David Bussone, has been charged in the district of Maryland with producing child pornography and in the district of Columbia with a criminal complaint of possessing child pornography. He has been on the run since 2008 when, according to Maguire, investigators began looking into the charges.
Allegedly, there was a camera found at the school where he was working that contained pornographic images and was found to be his.
Maguire said that although Toth did not have a valid passport, there is still a possibility that he could leave the country. She said that they are looking not only in the United States, but around the world for him.
In June of 2008, his Honda was found in the long-term parking garage of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Along with pornographic images, there was an apparent suicide note found. Maguire said that it could have been to throw off the police, since there was a confirmed sighting in summer 2009 in Phoenix.
“The criteria to become a member of our top ten most wanted fugitives list is pretty much two fold,” Maguire said. “It’s one that the individual, the fugitive, is known to be a danger to the public. Second that the FBI feels that the added publicity would be beneficial to the case.”
Toth is the fourth individual added to the list overtime that is charged with/wanted because of crimes against children and is currently the only one still on the list. Maguire said that the list, which began in 1950, has changed over time as society has changed, moving from bank robbers, to drug lords, to terrorists, and now cyber crimes.
“The evolution of the top ten list over the past 62 years that it’s been in existence certainly tracks the different missions and priorities of the bureau,” she said.
Toth attended Cornell and Purdue University, and is described as a computer expert and is believed to regularly use the Internet and social networking websites. He may advertise online as a tutor or male nanny.
The FBI is hoping that victims will come forward against Toth with the recent addition.