FBI 'Most Wanted' D.C. school teacher Eric Toth captured in Nicaragua

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Eric Toth, the D.C. private school teacher who landed on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list, has been captured in Central America, according to a federal law enforcement source.

The former third-grade teacher at the Beauvoir Elementary School at the Washington National Cathedral was captured in Nicaragua over the weekend. Toth had been on the lam for nearly five years after he was suspected of producing child pornography.

Authorities began investigating Toth in June 2008 after pornographic images of young boys were found on a school camera the third-grade teacher was using.

An indictment filed in federal court in Maryland alleges that he enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography.

Toth, 31, was last seen in Arizona in 2009 using the name David Bussone. He is also believed to have traveled to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to the FBI.

Toth might have been able to avoid detection over the past years because he can blend into a community: He is intelligent, and his appearance isn't particularly distinctive, authorities have said.

Toth was the 495th person and the 14th from the D.C. region placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list. He made the list after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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