Former teacher pleads guilty in child porn case

FBI photo - This is a 2009 photo of Eric Justin Toth distributed by the FBI.

A former D.C. teacher who was once on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List plead guilty in federal court Thursday morning to five charges including producing child pornography in two states and the District.

Eric Justin Toth, 31, spent five years hiding from authorities before he was arrested in Nicaragua in April. The former third-grade teacher at D.C.’s highly regarded Beauvoir school fled the area in 2008 after a school employee discovered child pornography on a camera assigned to him.

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Toth admitted to three counts of engaging in sex acts with boys under 12 for the purposes of creating child pornography, one count of using someone else’s Social Security number and a final count of possessing a stolen passport.

Toth produced child pornography in Wisconsin in 2005, the District in 2006 and Maryland in 2007. Toth was a counselor at all boys camp in Wisconsin from 2004 to 2006 and was a popular teacher at Beauvoir during the period of the latter two charges.

After leaving the D.C. area, Toth faked his own suicide, before stopping in various spots around the country in the years that followed.

Toth is believed to have lived in a Phoenix homeless shelter and worked as a computer technician and technical writer in Austin. He allegedly gave someone else’s Social Security number to two employers in Texas.

Nicaraguan authorities said he entered the country using a fake passport in October 2012, under the name Robert Shaw Walker. FBI officials said a tourist that met Toth at a social engagement in April tipped them off that he was in the country. He was arrested soon after and was extradited back to the United States.

Toth faces a maximum sentence of 30 years. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 11.

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