Child porn charges land former D.C. teacher on FBI's Most Wanted list

Eric Justin Toth
Most wanted poster via the FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has placed a former teacher at a prominent private elementary school in Washington, D.C. on its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives over allegations that he possessed and produced child pornography.

The investigation into Eric Justin Toth started four years ago when somebody found pornographic images on Toth’s camera that he kept at the National Cathedral’s Beauvoir Elementary School—the school where Toth taught, the FBI said in an April 10 statement. The Bureau thinks Toth, who is 30 and about 6’3″ and 155 pounds, may be traveling in the Midwest, and has been in Arizona as recently as 2009. Toth had been teaching at the 380-student elementary school for three years, according to the Washington Post.

A federal grand jury in Maryland indicted Toth in late 2008 on child porn charges. Authorities believe he tried to fake his own death to avoid being brought up on charges after finding a suicide note in his car earlier that year near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Post reported. The note said he killed himself in a nearby lake, but authorities weren’t able to find a body.

Toth took Osama bin Laden’s place on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. He graduated from Purdue University and is considered a “computer expert”. The case was featured on an episode of the television show America’s Most Wanted.

The FBI announced an award of up to $100,000 for information that leads directly to the arrest of Toth, who also goes by David Bussone. A single count of child pornography can carry a penalty of 15 to 30 years in prison.