MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police in Nicaragua have detained a former U.S. school teacher who was on the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation, authorities confirmed Monday.
Eric Justin Toth was detained Saturday in Esteli, a city near Nicaragua's border with Honduras, and will be immediately deported to the United States, said National Police chief Aminta Granera.
"Toth will be deported immediately because he was in our country illegally," Granera said at a news conference in Managua, the capital.
She said Toth entered Nicaragua with a false passport and also had a fake driver's license and credit cards.
Toth was being handed over to FBI agents present at the news conference and they planned to take him to the U.S. in a special plane, Granera said.
A thin and nervous-looking Toth dressed in cream-colored shirt and pants was briefly presented to journalists and photographers who took his picture, but he wasn't allowed to talk and was quickly taken away.
Granera said Toth first entered Nicaragua on Oct. 24, 2012, and left on Jan. 27. He returned on Feb. 12 and that's when Nicaraguan police began keeping a close watch, she said.
"He was captured in a house in the Panama Soberana neighborhood in Esteli, even though he resisted," Granera said.
Toth taught third grade at Beauvoir, a private elementary school on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. He was escorted off campus in June 2008 after another teacher reported finding sexually explicit photographs on a school camera in Toth's possession. He had not been seen since he lost his job.
In a statement, the school commended the work of U.S. authorities.