Justin Toth

Spiders, Projectile Vomit, Childbirth–None of That Scares Me As Much As This Guy…

Mom Jeanine
April 11, 2012


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Earlier this morning, I couldn’t help but be intrigued when I read a teaser about the man who replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. I mean, those are some big shoes to fill so I was curious to find out who fit the bill.

Now if you, like me, are expecting some psycho serial killer or a terrorist mastermind, you’re wrong. The newest addition to the FBI’s Most Wanted List is actually a teacher.

Well, Justin Toth was a teacher before the school he was working for in Washington D.C. found child pornography on a school-issued camera he was in possession of. The school put him on leave, contacted the police and that’s when Toth–who was just 26 at the time–went on the run. So far, the FBI has evidence of him being in Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona. In addition to possessing child pornography, Toth is also wanted for child pornography production.

Now I don’t mean to freak you out, but I guess I sort of do. Looking at that pic above of Justin Toth, he could be a teacher in any one of our children’s schools. Before teaching, he probably had no criminal record and he looks innocent enough. But in a matter of 4 years, he went from third grade teacher at a prestigious private school to fugitive. That’s scary.

What’s even scarier–especially to me because my daughter starts formal schooling in September–is that they say Toth is “well educated, charismatic and likable.” Basically, he’s everything you’d want in a good teacher. So how do you know? How do you protect your child from someone like this?

It’s no secret that I’m already a bit paranoid, so it should come as no surprise that things like this just send me through the roof. So to all you moms with kids in school, how do you deal? How do you not constantly worry? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Rebecca Lynn Selph Ryan
    April 11, 2012

  • I don’t do a very good job of it but I have to deal with it bc I have no other way of them geting the education they need. I just dont worry about people like this, I worry about every thing that could happen but thats just me. I do that even if they are in the next room or at my days or even sleeping next to me. I like to think thats why they have made it this far with nothing more than just a broke arm and cut lip. My boys get in to every thing and are you know “Boys”. I think if I know what could happen I can be ready when something dose. Being unaware of the dangers out there is no way to keep your kids safe. All you can do is be aware of each danger and have a plan and for things like this look for signs, in your kids and the people around them. Ever one has a tale tale sign if something is not right. As a mom all you can do is keep your eyes open and talk, ask, and dont be afraid to stad up for you and your kids. Just my thoughts, Thanks

  • Susan Olson
    April 11, 2012

  • If you are really that worried about who teaches your child, you can do what thousands of us have done over the last twenty years or so and that is home educate your child. Then you know exactly where your child is and who they are with. There are so many wonderful programs to chose from. Sure you have to give a lot of yourself. You’ll have to give up a lot but your child will reap the benefits in so many ways. Like when they get to college, places like Stanford love home schooled children because of the self discipline they learn as well as a lot of other qualities. Most of the home educated children I know are doing exceptionally well. At least you don’t have to worry about people like Justin Toth. What scares me is the poor education children are getting all over the country.

  • SDale
    April 11, 2012

  • Sadly, bad things happen to good people every day. That’s just life. You can’t always protect your child from harm. All you can do is equip them with knowledge of what is right and wrong and hope they use that knowledge to protect themselves. For every Justin Toth, there are thousands and thousands of good, honest, trustworthy teachers who take on the job of educating our kids every day. To worry incessantly about the bad apples isn’t going to do you or your child any good and most likely will make you paranoid at the beginning of every school year until you get to know your child’s teacher. I think it gets more difficult in the upper grades because kids have several different teachers and getting to know them isn’t easy, but making that effort is definitely worth it. Anything you can do to stay involved with your child’s schooling and having an open dialogue with their teachers is helpful in putting your mind at ease while they are away at school. Having a good dialogue with your child is most important though, so that if there ever is something they should be telling you, they feel comfortable doing so.