Eric Justin Toth, a former private school teacher who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list for allegedly producing and possessing child pornography, has been arrested in Nicaragua.
Toth, 31, is in U.S. custody following a tip that led law enforcement to Nicaragua, where the ex-Washington, D.C., private school teacher was living under an alias, according to the FBI.
Toth was arrested Saturday, but the bureau made the arrest public on Tuesday, more than a year after the former teacher and camp counselor was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list on April 10, 2012.
The FBI first investigated Toth in 2008 after pornographic images were found on a school camera that the teacher was given, according to the bureau.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an arrest warrant for Toth on June 27, 2008, for possession of child pornography. That was followed by an indictment against Toth in Maryland federal court on production of child pornography charges on Dec. 1, 2008.
Toth had been on the lam since his alleged criminal activity was uncovered, according to the FBI.
The agency said a recent tip sent to law enforcement indicated that Toth had been living in Nicaragua.
“Law enforcement was able to trace his recent movements and, through a recent purchase, locate him in Esteli, Nicaragua, where he was taken into custody,” the FBI said in a statement announcing Toth’s capture.
Toth’s Most Wanted Fugitives poster produced by the FBI indicated he was adept at using computers.
“Toth has often been described as a computer 'expert' and has demonstrated above-average knowledge regarding computers, the use of the Internet, and security awareness,” the poster reads. “Toth has the ability to integrate into various socioeconomic classes and is an expert at social engineering. He possesses an educational background conducive to gaining employment in fields having a connection to children. Toth may advertise online as a tutor or male nanny.”
Toth replaced reputed Boston-area mobster James “Whitey” Bulger on the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Bulger was arrested in California in 2011 after 16 years in hiding.