New to FBI's 'Most Wanted:' Fugitive who left vehicle in Minnesota

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 10, 2012 - 10:48 AM

The FBI's famed "Most Wanted" list on Tuesday added a 30-year-old suspected child pornographer who authorities say has eluded capture in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other Midwestern states.

Eric Justin Toth, a k a David Bussone, has been under investigation since June 2008, when pornographic images were found on a school camera that had been in his possession in Washington, D.C. He's also suspected of producing child pornography in Maryland.

Toth is the 495th person to be on the 62-year-old "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. Since then, 465 suspects have been apprehended or located.

As the FBI does for every "Most Wanted" subject, the agency is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to Toth's arrest.

Since 2008, Toth is believed to have traveled to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and likely lived in Arizona as recently as 2009.

Toth traveled to Minnesota and "left a vehicle there" before making his way to Arizona, said FBI spokesman Andrew Ames. "At that point, he was on the run."

To see Toth's wanted poster, which includes a physical description and other details, visit www.fbi.gov. The poster notes that Toth should be considered dangerous "and may be suicidal."

Toth has often been described as a computer "expert" with an educational background conducive to working in fields connected to children. He may advertise online as a tutor or male nanny.

Room was made on the list with the death 11 months ago of Osama bin Laden and the capture last summer of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bolger. The list will be rounded out to 10 again soon, Ames said.

Toth rises to this level of concern with authorities because "he's a social networker ... who integrates very well into society," Ames said. "The school [in Washington, D.C.] where he worked at was a very nice private school. He worked his way into that level of society."

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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