Eric Justin Toth

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Eric Justin Toth
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Reward $100,000
Alias David Bussone [1]
Born (1982-02-13) February 13, 1982 (age 33)
Gender Male
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 155 pounds (70 kg)
Occupation Teacher
  • Possession of Child Pornography; Production of Child Pornography
Penalty 25 years in prison
Added April 10, 2012
Caught April 22, 2013
Number 495

Eric Justin Toth (alias/a.k.a. David Bussone) (born February 13, 1982) is an American former fugitive wanted for allegedly possessing and producing child pornography.[1] He was caught in Esteli, Nicaragua on April 10, 2013 [2] and extradited on April 22, 2013 to the United States to face trial.[3] On April 10, 2012, Toth replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list as the 495th fugitive to be placed on that list by the FBI.[1] One alleged reason he was chosen for the list is that his distinctive appearance—he is tall and thin, with a mole under his left eye—would make it hard for him to hide if his case became well publicized.[4]


Toth attended Cornell University for a year and transferred to Purdue University Calumet, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in education.[5][6] While at Cornell University, Toth told others that he was a CIA agent.[citation needed] When this was found to be untrue, he transferred to Purdue.

In 2008, he was accused of making pornographic photographs and video footage of young boys when he was a third-grade teacher in Washington, D.C.[7]

Toth has often been described as a computer expert; he has demonstrated above-average knowledge regarding computers, the use of the Internet, and security awareness.[5] Toth has the ability to integrate into various socio-economic classes and is an expert at social engineering.[5] He uses social networking sites regularly. His educational background is conducive to gaining employment in fields having a connection to children. Some have described Toth as a compulsive liar.[8]

Captured by the Nicaraguan police on April 2013 in Estelí, a northern city of Nicaragua. He was immediately extradited to United States to await trial.[9]


He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in federal court. After his prison term, Toth will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. Upon his release, Toth also must register as a sex offender, receive sex offender treatment, and observe limits on his use of the Internet and his contacts with minors.[10]


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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Federal Bureau of Investigation document "Eric Justin Toth".