Wanted Fugitive from Indiana Returned to U.S. from Nicaragua
Eric Justin Toth (photos courtesy FBI)
The FBI is still looking for public help in putting together its case against a 30-year-old Lake County native who replaced Osama bin Laden on the agency's Top Ten Fugitives List.
Eric Justin Toth was born in Highland. He graduated from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond and taught elementary school in several states. In 2008, he was escorted off the campus of the Washington National Cathedral where he taught school for possessing sexually-explicit photos on a school camera.
FBI Washington field office spokesperson Lindsey Goodwin says Toth disappeared after that. He reportedly traveled from Washington to Hammond and then to Madison, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Phoenix and then to Central America. It wasn't until Saturday that he was detained in Nicaragua near the border of Honduras. He was charged with entering that country illegally with a false passport.
Toth is now in a Washington, D.C. jail and appeared in federal court on Tuesday. He is scheduled for another court hearing next month. Goodwin says anyone with information about his can go online or call any FBI field office.
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