by Kathleen Hunter
The Federal Bureau of Investigation added Eric Toth to their Ten Most Wanted list this month. Toth is wanted possession and production of child pornography. He is a former elementary school teacher and camp counselor who has been a fugitive since 2008.
A fellow teacher at the elementary school where Toth taught in Washington D.C. found a camera with pictures of a young boy on it. After some investigation, it became clear that it had been in Toth’s possession at the time the photo was taken.
The placement of a child pornographer on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list sends a signal on what the Bureau is focusing. “Now we’re looking at cyber crime and the addition of Eric Toth is a great example of that as cyber crime raises up in our priority list,” says Jacqueline Maguire, a spokeswoman for the FBI and Supervisory Special Agent.
Toth was last seen in Phoenix in 2009. He is the fourth person ever on the list for child pornography. “Looking over time as society has changed, as our culture has changed so has the FBI’s priorities,” said Maguire. Child pornography is often associated with cyber crime since that is the nature in which it is most commonly shared.
The FBI looks at a two-fold criteria when adding to their Ten Most Wanted List. The fugitive put on the list must be a danger to the public. The Bureau also looks for cases that they believe would benefit from the publicity of being put on the list. The list began in 1950.
Toth replaces Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Bin Laden was taken off the list after he was killed last year by American troops in Pakistan.