Child pornography producer tracked down in Nicaragua
On Wednesday, May 7 we honored law enforcement from across the U.S. for their work to protect children. Check out all the case summaries on our blog.
On June 9, 2008, Eric Justin Toth, a teacher at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, in Washington, D.C., was alleged to have been involved with the production of child sexual abuse images. Toth was immediately placed on administrative leave, but when investigators arrived at his residence, Toth had already fled. Toth was subsequently indicted for the possession and production of child pornography and for the next four years law enforcement engaged in a relentless search for him—conducting interviews, enlisting the public’s help by utilizing the television program “America’s Most Wanted” and exhausting leads provided by tipsters.
Toth was added to the FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive List on April 10, 2012. He was the first sex offender ever added to the list. In April 2013, a year after Toth was added to the list, the team received a credible lead indicating that Toth was residing in Nicaragua. After much collaboration between agencies, Toth was apprehended and put on a flight back to the U.S.
Toth pled guilty to three counts of production of child pornography and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Congratulate the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC and Montgomery County Police Department.