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Ex-DC teacher Eric Toth gets 25 years in child porn case

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A former teacher at the Beauvoir school and one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted is heading to federal prison. Eric Toth pleaded guilty in December to two counts of production of child pornography and on Tuesday was given a sentence of 25 years.

Toth liked to take pictures of young boys. Sometimes he would videotape them with hidden cameras. In all, prosecutors say there were 23 incidents and 17 victims. Crimes were committed in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District.

The 32-year-old broke down while apologizing to his victims, telling the judge he didn't know if any of them were in the courtroom, but if they were, he wanted them to know how sorry he was.

Toth was arrested last April after the FBI received a tip he was living under an assumed name in Nicaragua.

The former elementary school teacher had been on the run for five years after school employees discovered pornographic images on a camera assigned to him.

In court Tuesday, prosecutor Cassidy Pinegar described Toth as a man with a demon who took advantage of relationships; a man who photographed young boys for his own sexual gratification.

Toth was tearful as he stood before the judge and said, "I really contributed to making the world a kind of place I don't want to live in. A world of distrust with people looking over their shoulders. Parents are afraid of people like me and I don't want that. I betrayed the trust of people who trusted me. It's like I am two different people.”

After Toth pleaded guilty in December, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said, "This was a man who obtained positions of trust within the community to exploit children. It was that simple. I don't think there is a greater danger to our community than the danger presented by child predators.”

Toth told the court he went underground because he didn't have the guts to turn himself in.

His parents, he said, had handed him everything on a silver platter and he threw it all away.

There is no parole in the federal system, so the 32-year-old will more than likely be in his mid-50s when he is released. And that's not all. He will be under court-ordered supervision until the day he dies.


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