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U.S. most-wanted 'child porn' teacher arrested

April 23, 2013 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, April 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. ex-schoolteacher and accused child pornographer who replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list was arrested in Nicaragua, police said.

Eric Justin Toth, 31, who had taught third grade at Washington National Cathedral's Beauvoir elementary school, was handed over to the FBI and U.S. Embassy officials in Managua for immediate deportation to the United States, Nicaraguan National Police Chief Aminta Granera told reporters.

Toth was in Nicaragua illegally, living since February under the assumed name of Robert Shaw Walker, Granera said.

He had a bogus passport, fake driver's license and credit cards in Walker's name, she said.

He first arrived in Nicaragua in October and left in January, before returning, Granera said.

Nicaraguan authorities briefly presented the handcuffed 6-foot-3, thin, blue-green eyed Toth to reporters before taking him away. Toth said nothing.

He was captured Saturday in Esteli, a city about 90 miles north of Managua, near Honduras, after initially "resisting," Granera said.

U.S. authorities had sought Toth since June 2008, when Beauvoir officials found explicit photos, confronted him and had him escorted from the property.

They then called police, but Toth was already gone, The Washington Post reported.

"We commend the work of the Office of the U.S. Attorney and the FBI for their ongoing efforts to apprehend Mr. Toth," school officials said in a statement.

"They have been tenacious and resolute in their quest to bring this case to justice," the statement said.

Toth, who had also been a nanny and a camp counselor, was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list April 10, 2012, 11 months after bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by members of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group and CIA operatives.

At the time Toth was added, FBI officials said they named him one of the country's most notorious fugitives because they thought he was a threat to children but also because his distinctive physical features, including a mole under his left eye, might help someone identify him.

He had been a third-grade teacher at Beauvoir for three years.

He allegedly took sexually explicit photos of a boy at the boy's home in summer 2007, FBI and court documents indicate. He also allegedly installed a video camera in his third-grade class' bathroom and used it to record his students.

Some Beauvoir parents are cited in the Post as saying Toth also sometimes spent nights in his classroom closet. He also gave special attention to certain 8- and 9-year-old boys, holding them on his lap, the Post said.

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