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Ex-DC teacher gets 25 years in child porn case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Washington private school teacher who was captured in Nicaragua after a year on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives list was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison in a child pornography case.

Eric Toth, who acknowledged using a hidden camera disguised as an air freshener to capture video of children using a school bathroom, was sentenced in federal court in Washington.

A prosecutor had asked he be sentenced to 30 years. Toth's lawyer said he should spend 22 years in prison.

Toth fled Washington in 2008 after images of child pornography were found on a camera he had used while a teacher at Beauvoir, a private elementary school. A media card containing more images was found at the school soon after, but Toth fled before police could arrest him. His car was found parked at a Minnesota airport with an apparent suicide note soon after. Toth used an assumed name and worked in Arizona and later in Texas.

In 2012, the FBI added Toth to its "Ten Most Wanted" list, where he filled a vacancy created by Osama bin Laden's death. Authorities caught him in Nicaragua in April 2013. Toth pleaded guilty in December to three counts of producing child pornography, identity theft and misuse of a Social Security number.

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