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FBI 'Most Wanted' list: Child porn suspect replaces Osama bin Laden

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Different looks of Eric Justin Toth.

A former private school teacher and camp counselor who is suspected of producing child pornography has replaced slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List.

Eric Justin Toth, 30, fled the Maryland-Washington, D.C., area in 2008 after pornographic images  of children were discovered on Toth’s camera and warrants for his arrest were issued, the FBI said. Toth also sometimes assumes the name David Bussone.


Reuters reported that a sealed two-count complaint against Toth has been filed in federal court in Washington, charging him with possessing a video that includes an image of child pornography and transporting it across state lines.

Since then, the Purdue University graduate with a degree in education is believed to have traveled to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has also been spotted in Arizona as late as 2009, the FBI said.

He is described as 6-foot-3 and about 155 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. The FBI says a distinguishing feature is a mole under his left eye.

Authorities say he is a computer expert and frequents social-networking websites. A $100,000 reward is offered for information leading directly to Toth's arrest.

Bin Laden had been the FBI’s most-wanted fugitive before he was killed at a hideout in Pakistan last year by U.S. forces.  

The FBI told Reuters that Toth, who could face 15 to 20 years in prison, was put on the list after a lengthy process that included surveying FBI field offices around the country as well as the approval of top FBI officials.

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