(posted April 22, 2:45 p.m.)- Nicaragua’s National Police has captured one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, according to National Police spokesman Fernando Borge and confirmed by FBI authorities in Washington, D.C.
After more than three years on the run, U.S. citizen Eric Justin Toth, 31, is in police custody in Managua after being arrested by Nicaraguan Police. Borge told The Nicaragua Dispatch that Toth will be presented to the press this afternoon in Managua. He refrained from offering further comment on the arrest until then.
According to the FBI, Toth, who may also go by the name David Bussone, is a former private-school teacher who is wanted on separate charges of producing child pornography in Maryland and possession of child pornography in Washington, D.C. The U.S. is requesting his immediate extradition.
An FBI spokeswoman told The Nicaragua Dispatch that Toth is considered a threat to society because he is “a smart guy who fits well into society.” The FBI put him on their Most Wanted List in 2012 and offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
“It is alleged that in June of 2008, pornographic images were found on a school camera that had been in Toth’s possession. Toth also allegedly produced child pornography in Maryland,” reads the FBI’s report on Toth.
The FBI says 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.”
“Toth has the ability to integrate into various socio-economic 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,” the FBI warned.
Toth reportedly attended Cornell University for a year and transferred to Purdue University, where he graduated with a degree in education. His last known whereabouts were in Arizona in 2009.
Stay tuned for updates on this story as they come.