Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An alleged child pornographer with Minnesota ties has taken Osama Bin Laden’s place on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.
Eric Toth was indicted in 2008 for creating and possession of child pornography. At the time, he was a third grade teacher. One of the last places he was traced to was the Minneapolis International Airport.
The FBI put him on the list because they are concerned he is a real danger to children. The FBI is convinced that wherever he is, 30-year-old Eric Toth is currently involved in producing child pornography.
They hope by putting him on this infamous list that someone will recognize or remember something that could lead to his arrest.
In 2008, Toth was a third grade teacher at the exclusive Beauvoir School in Washington D.C., when a staffer found child pornography on a school camera Toth was using. He was fired from the school and shortly after word was indicted, and that’s when he took off.
The FBI says in June of 2008, Toth went to Hammond, Ind., to see his parents. A few days later, he was in Madison, Wis., where he used an alias to buy a cell phone and GPS.
In August of 2008, his car was discovered at Twin Cities International Airport. Authorities said they believe it had been there for six weeks.
Inside the car authorities found more child pornography and a suicide note, a note that the FBI believes was intended to throw them off the track.
The suicide note indicated Toth would kill himself at a nearby lake, but the FBI believed Toth didn’t kill himself and that he made his way to Phoenix, Ariz. Toth’s last known siting was at an Arizona homeless shelter in 2009.
“He is adept at social setting. He may be able to talk his way into situation perhaps as a tutor, perhaps as an educator and we want people to be wary of him because he does pose an immediate danger to children,” said FBI Special Agent Kyle Loven.
Toth is now 30 years old, is about 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 155 pounds. He is described as very smart and sociable, and the FBI believes he could be advertising online to be a male nanny or tutor. The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.