Hammond native, most-wanted fugitive captured in Nicaragua

2013-04-22T19:00:00Z 2013-04-22T20:38:16Z Hammond native, most-wanted fugitive captured in NicaraguaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 22, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A Hammond native and FBI's most-wanted fugitive Eric J. Toth was arrested this weekend in Nicaragua.

Toth was named one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives a year ago. He is accused of making and possessing child pornography.

He was arrested Saturday in Esteli, near Nicaragua's border with Honduras, said Glenda Zavala, head of detectives for Nicaragua's National Police.

A spokeswoman for the FBI could not confirm details Monday afternoon about the arrest.

Toth attended Southridge Elementary School in Highland, Highland High School and graduated from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities in 2000.

According to the state's Office of Educational Licensing and Developing website, Toth graduated from Purdue University Calumet and was issued a teaching license in May 2005 for elementary school.

He previously worked as a third-grade teacher at a school in the Washington National Cathedral grounds in the District of Columbia. He was escorted off campus in June 2008 when another teacher found sexually explicit photographs on a school camera.

According to the FBI's website, Toth was described as a computer expert who knew a lot about security awareness. Since being on the run, authorities think Toth traveled to Indiana, Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and lived in Arizona.

The FBI previously said Toth, who replaced Osama bin Laden on the list, was placed on the list because there weren't any reliable leads into his whereabouts.

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