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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A former Washington, D.C. teacher who fled the U.S. and was captured in Nicaragua after a year on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives list was sentenced to 25 years on Tuesday.

The judge stated that the sheer number of his victims, 17, and the fact that Eric Toth evaded law enforcement, makes him dangerous. According to evidence, there were 23 separate instances of child porn involving 17 victims. Prior to that, Toth had no criminal history.

Earlier, Eric Toth's lawyer said Toth should spend 22 years in prison because Toth never physically abused children and other defendants who abused children received less time.

The prosecution asked for a 30-year sentence, saying Toth sought out relationships with children, then betrayed those relationships. If he had not been caught, he would have continued his pattern of deceit and exploitation. According to the prosecution, Toth may not have intended to harm children or touched them with the exception of one boy in a video, but he did exploit them.

Both sides agreed that Toth needs treatment.

Eric Toth also received supervised release for life following his prison time, reports WUSA9's Nikki Burdine.

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There are special conditions of his release, including computer restrictions, monitoring of computer activity, no contact with minors without a supervisor, restriction from working with or volunteering with children.

Toth is also not allowed to live close to schools, play grounds, or in a home with children.

Toth spoke in court Tuesday, expressing remorse for his actions. His defense maintains that he recognizes that he is a pedophile, and that his love of children, not just sexual, led him to teaching.

The former teacher cried, then rambled during his statement. He even laughed a few times and apologized to his victims, even though they weren't there.

"I don't pretend that anything I could say would make up for what I did or the damage I've done. Everything the prosecutor said is true," stated Toth.

He called his crimes "despicable" and talked about his impact on those around him.

"I don't want to live in a world where children are shoveled in D.C. from the extracurricular activities to another, not outside because they are afraid of people like me. I don't want that," said Toth.

Toth had apologies for his family and friends as well as his victims:

"To my family and friends, I asked them not to come. I owe them a deep apology. They handed everything to me on a silver platter."

"To my victims, No words can diminish suffering, harm or loss of innocence but I have to try."

Speaking of his family's love for him, Toth told the court, "I always believed once my family knew they would have no interest in talking to me ever. and that I would be adrift in the world, that didn't happen."

"My family condemns my actions but they still love me."

Toth also made reference to the special conditions of his release after 25 years behind bars. Toth said he would like some "Google goggles," presumably Google Glass, so law enforcement could watch what he does online.

READ: Justice Department release on Toth sentencing (PDF)

Toth fled D.C. in 2008 after child pornography was found on a camera he had used while a teacher at Beauvoir, a private elementary school. He was listed on the FBI's Most Wanted list in 2012, filling the vacancy created after Osama bin Laden's death.

"Time and time again I expressed my dedication and love. I chose to spend the holidays with one family because I enjoyed their company, I betrayed their trust," stated Toth. "Then to make it even worse, I tried to escape the consequences. On the run I recognized the gravity of what I've done."

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