by Marissa Kam
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced earlier this month the addition of Eric Toth, a former private school teacher, to the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives for his alleged crimes in possessing and producing child pornography. This is the first time in one year since the FBI has updated its list of most wanted fugitives.
Toth was indicted in the state of Maryland in 2008 when pornographic images were found on a school camera. He was immediately charged with possession of child pornography, and since then has evaded police apprehension. His last siting was in 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona where he posed as a homeless man at a shelter.
Jacqueline Maguire, Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI, says that the addition of Toth raises awareness of the increasing severity cyber-crimes place on national security. Cyber-crimes, she says, include any criminal violation using a computer and are one of the top 5 FBI priorities. Child pornography, classified under cyber crimes, is a federal crime in the United States.
All alleged criminals on the Most Wanted share two characteristics: 1) the individual is known to be a danger to the public, and 2) the FBI feels that the added publicity would be beneficial to the case. Toth is particularly dangerous because of his ability to gain the trust of minor victims and their parents. He uses his supposed computer expertise to advertise services, such as tutoring and male nannying to lure victims in. He is also known to go by David Bussone.
Any information concerning Toth’s whereabouts can be placed with local FBI office, or online at fbi.gov.