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Suspected Child Pornographer Eric Justin Toth Replaces bin Laden on FBI's Most-Wanted List

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A new criminal has earned the dubious distinction of appearing on the FBI’s distinguished list of high-level fugitives at large. Suspected child pornography kingpin Eric Justin Toth claimed the open slot this week, replacing the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who was assassinated by Navy Seal Team Six during a covert operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Toth is a former third-grade teacher who worked at the Beauvoir-National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. He was indicted in December 2008 after pornographic images were discovered on one of the school’s cameras and linked back to Toth. It is unknown how many children he has abused.

The FBI does not rank the list, but rather insists that each fugitive included is a target of equal value. Anyone who provides information directly leading to Toth’s arrest can claim a $100,000 reward from the bureau. In contrast, Osama bin Laden carried a $25 million bounty. Of the 495 fugitives who have been included on the most-wanted list since its inception in 1950, over 94% have been apprehended, according to the FBI.

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