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DC Teacher on FBI’s Most Wanted List Arrested in Nicaragua

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A former Washington private school teacher who was captured in Nicaragua after a year on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives list was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison in a child pornography case.  (credit: FBI)

A former Washington private school teacher who was captured in Nicaragua after a year on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” fugitives list was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison in a child pornography case. (credit: FBI)

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua (CBSDC/AP) — A former District of Columbia elementary school teacher on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List for allegedly producing child pornography has been arrested in Nicaragua, officials say.

The head of detectives for Nicaragua’s National Police force says Eric Justin Toth, 30, was detained near the Honduran border.

Glenda Zavala said Monday that Toth had been detained Saturday, based on an international detention request.

He was a third-grade teacher at Beauvoir, a primary elementary school on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, when another teacher found sexually explicit photographs on a school camera in Toth’s possession. He was escorted off campus in June 2008 and disappeared.

Authorities found Toth’s car at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in August 2008, with a note suggesting he’d committed suicide, but no body was found. The FBI says at the time they had no proof he followed through with the suicide threat.

Prior to leaving the country, Toth is believed to have traveled to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Officials say they believe the fugitive educator had been living in Arizona as recently as 2009.

Officials say Toth victimized more than one child, but declined to elaborate.

The FBI had offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the Toth.

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