The Federal Bureau of Investigation has added Eric Justin Toth, a former private school teacher and camp counselor to the Top Ten Most Wanted List. He is wanted for allegedly producing and possessing child pornography in Maryland and Washington, D.C. in June 2008. As of last month, Toth replaces Osama Bin Laden as one of one of America’s most wanted fugitives.
Toth, a Purdue University graduate, fled Washington, D.C. in June of 2008 after pornographic stills and video were found on a school camera that had been in his possession. “He was teaching a third grade class at the private school at which he taught here in D.C. We could say the children were pre-pubescent…under 12,” said Jacqueline Maguire, a spokesperson and special agent in the FBI. While victim details are currently under court seal in Washington D.C., the FBI confirmed that the pornographic media in Toth’s possession involved more than one victim.
After the images were found, he immediately caught on and fled to Northwest Indiana with family. After that brief stint, he continued to conceal his whereabouts, driving through Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and even abandoning the Honda Sedan he was driving at Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport with a decoy suicide note. The fabricated note and suicide rumor was put to rest after there was a confirmed sighting of Toth in Phoenix, Arizona in 2009, the last time he was spotted.
An educator, Toth possesses a broad range of experience working with minors. He has worked at all boys’ summer camps as well as a schoolteacher and has even advertised online as a male nanny and tutor. “He is dangerous and the biggest concern is that he is working with students somewhere,” said Maguire. Because of Toth’s potential and proximity to working with children and his ability to gain parental trust and groom others, the added publicity could uncover his location as well as promote awareness within communities across the nation.
If found, Toth faces up to 20 years in prison, not taking into consideration the possibility of separate charges from possible new victims. The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information directly leading to his arrest. If you think you have seen Eric Toth or have a lead onto his whereabouts, contact the FBI tip line at 1 (800) CALL FBI.