Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — He’s been on the run for nearly five years and now one of the FBI’s Most Wanted is caught! Eric Toth is a former D.C. teacher accused of making child porn in Maryland.
Meghan McCorkell has more on how he was captured.
It’s been just over a year since Eric Toth was put on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Now authorities have tracked him down in Central America.
He was a third grade teacher at an exclusive private elementary school in D.C. But in 2008, Toth disappeared after a school camera containing child pornography was found in his possession.
“He fled before the law enforcement response with–actually, with other indications, other information in there that had child pornography,” said FBI Special Agent Ronald Hosko.
Now, Toth is captured. He was found hiding out in Nicaragua, in a town near the Honduran border.
Investigators believe Toth took explicit pictures of young boys. A year ago, he was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list and featured in a video from the agency.
“He wouldn’t be going on this list if we didn’t think he was a significant danger to the public,” Hosko said.
Investigators say Toth was able to elude authorities because he constantly changed his appearance. In 2008, he was tracked to Hammond, Ind. and Madison, Wis. He left a fake suicide note in a car at the Minnesota-St. Paul Airport. A year later, he turned up in Phoenix, Ariz., working in a homeless shelter.
With their former teacher finally captured, the Beauvoir School has released a statement saying, “We commend the work of the office of the U.S. Attorney and the FBI for their ongoing efforts to apprehend Mr. Toth. They have been tenacious and resolute in their quest to bring this case to justice.”
Officials in Nicaragua say Toth entered the country using a fake passport. He has been handed over to the FBI.
FBI officials say Toth victimized multiple children in a number of locations.