applying for statutory release
pedophile Karl Toft wants to live on his own in the community.
The National Parole Board is holding a two-day hearing into
whether Toft, 67, should be granted statutory release.
Toft is serving a 13-year sentence for 34 counts of sexual
assault against 18 boys and currently lives in an Edmonton
halfway house, where he's allowed unescorted day outings.
He has served two-thirds of the sentence, which allows for
Toft committed the crimes while working as a reform school guard
at New Brunswick's Kingsclear Youth Training Centre.
Last month, Toft violated a parole condition when he got into an
auto dealership van with a driver under the age of 18.
But he called his parole officer when he realized the age of the
driver. The parole board ruled he would not be put back in jail
because he had not intentionally violated his parole.
Peter Goldring, Canadian Alliance MP for Edmonton Centre-East,
says Toft should be locked up permanently and will stage a
protest outside the hearing Monday.
He said Toft should be sent back to New Brunswick, the scene of
the crimes, and that he will fight any decision to give him more
Det. Wil Tonowski, with the Edmonton Police high-risk offender
program, says Toft attends all his rehabilitation sessions.
"He appears to have made gains and so far, he's walking the
talk that he's giving us, and that talk is that he does not want
to re-offend, he does not want to hurt another child and those
are very positive sorts of comments coming from him,"
Tonowski said. "Mind you, we've been fooled before, and
some of these guys are masters at manipulation and we are well
aware of that.
"So that's why we also have to monitor him as well."
Parole board in Edmonton won't ease
release rules for pedophile Karl Toft
By BOB WEBER
EDMONTON (CP) - A National Parole Board panel refused Monday
to ease parole conditions for pedophile Karl Toft, citing his
continuing lack of remorse for molesting dozens of boys at a New
Brunswick reform school.
The decision means Toft will continue to live at a halfway
house rather than on his own in the community. "We are not
taking action to change the conditions of your statutory
release," parole adjudicator Elizabeth McKall told Toft.
"It's important to the board that you acknowledge the
number of people you've harmed and that you establish
The board members said they were also concerned about the way
Toft handled himself last month when he was getting his car
serviced and accepted a ride in a courtesy vehicle driven by an
18-year-old. Any contact with a young person is considered a
breach of his release conditions.
Toft, 67, was once a guard at the Kingsclear Youth Training
Centre in New Brunswick. He is serving a 13-year sentence for 34
counts of sexual assault against 18 boys. The assaults were
committed while he was working at the centre.
But he has admitted assaulting as many as 200 boys from the
mid-1960s to the mid-1980s while he was at the reform school,
but the number of victims could be even higher. A compensation
report says there could be as many as 1,400 offences.
August 2, 2001
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PUBLIC INFORMATION AND
the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service is issuing the
Karl Richard TOFT will be released from the Bowden Institution
on Friday, August 3, 2001 after serving a sentence for numerous
convictions for sexual assault, buggery and indecent assault. TOFT has
received some Sex Offender treatment, however, he is still considered to
be a risk of significant harm and a high risk Sex Offender.
His criminal convictions date back to 1992 for numerous sexual offenses
perpetrated against male children aged 12 to 17 years of age, over an
18-20 year period. The Edmonton Police Service acknowledges that while Karl
TOFT has received some Sex Offender Programming, and indications are
that he has a desire to seek further treatment, at this time the EPS still
has serious concerns about his continued high risk to the community.
The Edmonton Police Service is issuing this information and warning after
careful deliberation and consideration of all related issues, including
privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest
to inform the members of the community about Karl Richard TOFT.
The Edmonton Police Service believes that his presence on the street
poses a risk of significant harm to the health or safety of the public.
Members of the public are advised that the intent of this process is to
enable citizens to take suitable precautionary measures. Releasing this
information is NOT intended to encourage people to engage in any form of
Note: This information is released under the authority of the Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, S.A. 1994 c. F - 18.5
of all pedophiles'
Karl Toft destroyed hundreds of boys' lives
during a 20-year reign of sexual terror. He's a free man this
By ALAN CAIRNS--
pedophile" Karl Toft will be released from prison Friday
the fact that a New Brunswick victim compensation
report obtained by The Sunday Sun reveals at least 1,400
alleged sex acts on 233 boy victims.
victims allege in interviews that Toft may have abused as many
as 700 boys in the 20 years he worked as a guard at Kingsclear
In other revelations, one
former Kingsclear kid has alleged to police that he suffered
lifelong damage to his penis when Toft ordered youths to cut
it off with a knife.
And on another occasion,
the man alleges that Toft watched as training school bullies
shoved a mop handle up his rectum.
once labelled the "granddaddy of all pedophiles," fondled,
masturbated, fellated and anally raped boys on an almost-daily
basis, victims allege in the compensation report, compiled at
the end of last year.
One former resident
claimed Toft's abuse began when he was nine years old and
continued weekly for a year.
Toft's foster son and claims he was subjected to "constant
abuse," three times a week over three years.
Many claimants allege Toft coerced them to have
group sex with other boys.
A total of 55 former
residents claim Toft had anal intercourse with them. One
victim alleges that Toft threatened to cut open his stomach if
Toft is set to be freed Friday
after serving only two-thirds of a 13-year prison term.
National Parole Board (NPB) documents suggest
that parole board members, psychologists and prison case
workers did not see the compensation records.
incredulous Steve Sullivan of the Ottawa-based Resource Centre
for Victims of Crime said if the information hasn't been seen
by Corrections Canada, prisons boss Lucie McClung has the
power to suggest Toft should be kept in for his full term.
WAYWARD AND HOMELESS
the number of victims and the number of assaults, this is a
better picture of who Karl Toft really is," he said.
Kingsclear was home to thousands of wayward and
homeless boys from the early 1960s to its closure in the early
1990s. Some were petty criminals, others were sent there
simply because their parents could not take care of them.
The 233 approved claims against Toft are part of
252 that as of late last year were accepted as legitimate. New
Brunswick has paid out about $10 million in compensation.
Corrections Canada spokesman Tim Krause said
Toft was not referred for detention because he didn't meet the
criteria of being likely to seriously harm or kill before the
end of his sentence.
Krause said corrections had
access to court transcripts from Toft's 1992 trial, had
"contact" with New Brunswick prosecutors and also with RCMP
involved in an "ongoing" probe.
"We managed this
offender with all of the expertise at our disposal," Krause
After his 1991 arrest, Toft denied abusing
boys, but later pleaded guilty to 34 charges that included
sexual interference, sexual assault and buggery. As the years
passed, Toft's count rose with it, starting at 80, then 100,
125, 150 and 200.
While giving Toft statuary
release last month, the NPB praised his success in sex
offender programs and his good behaviour. It deemed his
admissions of guilt as a positive sign.
NPB's decision to release Toft has drawn howls of protest and
threats of death from many victims.
victims told both RCMP officers and The Sunday Sun they will
hunt down Toft and kill him.
"I'm only 46 years
old for f---- sake, but health-wise I'm 90," said victim Blake
McCaustlin of Saint John, N.B. blaming his physical and mental
woes on past sex abuse by Toft and others.
f-----. I've got prostate cancer, sugar diabetes, high blood
pressure. If they let this motherf----- out, I'll just have to
Some say Toft's admissions and the 233
compensation claims are the tip of Toft's iceberg.
"He's the worst-ever pedophile in Canadian
history. And we're nearing 700 victims," John Fearon, 49,
claimed from his downtown Toronto home.
who has not accepted compensation because he does not want to
waive his rights to see Toft prosecuted on criminal charges,
has told RCMP investigators that he was sexually abused on
scores of occasions by Toft.
He said that in one
incident, Toft ordered four Kingsclear kids to cut off
Fearon's penis with a knife.
"Karl Toft took a
scout knife out of his pocket ... he gave it to (a kid) and
told him to teach me a lesson, cut my penis off. They
proceeded to do that, halfway," Fearon alleged.
Fearon also alleged that sex assaults by either
Toft or another guard led to him contracting the herpes
simplex C virus. He also alleged Toft once watched as youths
beat him and shove a mop handle up his rectum, causing serious
Norm Bosse, a Saint John,
N.B., lawyer who has helped more than 100 former Kingsclear
residents seal financial packages, told The Sunday Sun it is
unthinkable that Toft tallied only 200 victims.
"Let's assume Karl Toft abused 30 boys in each
of 20 years, that's 600 potential victims. The math is
anybody's guess. If it's only 20 a year for 20 years, that's
400," Bosse said.
COERCED INTO SEX
Scores of victims allege in the compensation
documents that Toft coerced them into sex by promising
cigarettes, candy, outings, good treatment and early release,
or under threat of being punished, put into segregation, held
for their full sentences or being denied family visits.
Toft allegedly abused the boys in the gym, the
equipment room, the showers, washroom, hallways, school
office, nurse's station, closed-down dorms and in the nearby
Several allege Toft took them out to
summer camp, to an old schoolhouse or to sleep overnight at
his own home.
"He's a lying bastard," said
Bennie Laxton, a successful Kitchener, Ont., car sales and
leasing manager who was the first Kingsclear victim to receive
a compensation package.
Laxton shocked a public
inquiry into Kingsclear seven years ago when he alleged Toft
introduced him to former New Brunswick premier Richard
Hatfield and during a ride in Hatfield's Bricklin, Hatfield
offered him cash for sex.
Hatfield was linked to
several Kingsclear boys at the inquiry.
many victims name another guard and a former maintenance man
as abusing them independently of Toft, one man alleged yet
another guard "was involved with Toft."
compensation documents, another 19 residents have detailed
sexual abuse by 13 staff members other than Toft. Several
victims allege that Toft headed a ring that supplied boys to
numerous pedophile friends.
Monday, July 30, 2001
Pedophile's victims want
By BRODIE FENLON and ALAN CAIRNS--
Canada's "worst ever pedophile" Karl Toft is a dead
man walking if he's released from prison this week, his victims
Toft, 65, will be freed Friday after serving two-thirds of a
13-year sentence, despite the fact a New Brunswick victim
compensation report obtained by The Toronto Sun alleges Toft
engaged in at least 1,400 sex acts on 233 boys while working as
a guard at the Kingsclear training school.
National Parole Board (NPB) documents suggest a two-member panel
did not see the shocking report when it approved Toft's
conditional release to an Edmonton halfway house.
"The threat to Karl Toft will be very real, very
fast," said Frank Darlow of Saint John, N.B., who claims he
was forced repeatedly to have sex with Toft and was anally raped
by a second Kingsclear guard.
"Revenge and anger will set in with some of these victims
and anything can happen. They've got nothing to lose," he
The RCMP has contacted several victims to assess the threat to
Toft's life, The Sun has learned.
Former Kingsclear ward John Fearon said he's heard from
"numerous" victims who want vigilante justice.
"One guy told me, in his mind, he'll be a hero if he kills
Karl Toft. To other victims he'll be a martyr," he said.
Fearon called yesterday on Corrections Canada Commissioner Lucie
McClung to revoke Toft's release and hold a detention hearing
based on the New Brunswick compensation report.
Corrections officials could not be reached for comment
yesterday. But in an earlier interview, spokesman Tim Krause
said Toft was not referred for detention because he didn't meet
the criteria of being likely to seriously harm or kill before
the end of his sentence.
The compensation report is just the tip of the iceberg, said
Fearon, who estimates as many as 700 boys were sexually
exploited by Toft.
Toft fondled, masturbated, felated and raped boys on almost
a daily basis, victims allege.
Among findings in the report complied last year:
Dozens of residents said Toft coerced them into sex with
promises of cigarettes, candy, outings and early release.
Those who resisted were punished, put in segregation or denied
family visits, they claim.
One resident became Toft's foster son and claims he was
abused three times a week for three years.
Karl Toft victim denounces parole for
CTV News Staff
A victim of convicted pedophile Karl Toft is outraged
that he will soon be released to a half-way house in
Edmonton, saying it's just a matter of time before Toft
John Fearon, 50, called Toft a ticking time bomb and his
release into the community after serving two-thirds of a
13-year sentence will put the community at risk.
"He is now going to be able to go into the community
when he wants," Fearon told CTV's Canada AM on Friday.
"His only new restrictions are that he must go to a
treatment program in the daytime and he must return to this
facility at night. What he does in the interim, who
In a letter to Toft, the National Parole Board said he
will be moved from the minimum security Grierson Centre in
downtown Edmonton to the adjacent Stan Daniels Healing
Centre. The move is expected to take place within several
A Corrections Canada spokesman confirmed that after he's
moved, Toft will be allowed to go out alone. But Edmonton
police said any trips would have to be approved in advance
by his parole officer and Toft will have to provide details,
such as where he is going and when he'll be back.
Toft, who worked at a youth training centre near
Fredericton, N.B., is serving time for 34 sex crimes
committed on boys between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s. He's
admitted to assaulting at least 200 boys -- including Fearon
when he was 13 years old -- over a 35 year period.
In August 2001, plans to send Toft to an Edmonton halfway
house were scuttled following public outcry that prompted a
review of his case. However, board officials now say Toft
must be released on mandatory supervision.
"All they can do is put as stringent guidelines as
possible on him, but they have no control. There's no
controls left," Fearon said.
Toft's therapists claim he has made progress in
treatment, attending five counselling sessions a week, but
they say further improvement would be based on Toft leaving
the institution and applying his treatment in a community
Fearon said he has been scarred for life by Toft's
actions and not even a lifetime of treatment could cure Toft
of his pedophilia.
"Every day, every night, it was like it was
yesterday. It will never go away," Fearon said.
"The top medical officials in this country have told
me there is no cure for the type of pedophile that Karl Toft
In July 2001, the Edmonton police high-risk offender unit
assessed Toft as being likely to reoffend.