Convicted pedophile Toft leaves halfway house

Karl Toft, one of Canada's most notorious sex offenders, has left an Edmonton halfway house, ending a 13-year sentence for abusing children.

Karl Toft, one of Canada's most notorious sex offenders, left an Edmonton halfway house on Friday, ending a 13-year sentence for abusing children.

Toft, 69, has agreed to 19 strict, court-ordered conditions that include staying away from anyone under the age of 18 and continuing to report to police at least once a week.

He will be subject to a peace bond that restricts his movements, keeping him away from parks, recreation facilities and swimming pools.

Edmonton police detective Wil Tonowski said the restrictions are far more strict than the ones Toft faced while living in the halfway house for the past three years.

Tonowski says Toft, who has rented an apartment in Edmonton, is now considered to be a low-to-moderate risk to reoffend.

"Karl Toft himself has also wholeheartedly agreed and authorized that we speak about his situation because he likes the idea that people don't have to be afraid of him and run away when they see him," said Tonowski.

"He's well aware that he has a serious problem ... that can't be cured. He understands what he is and why he is that way," said Tonowski.

In 1992, Toft was convicted on 34 charges of abusing 18 boys at New Brunswick's Kingsclear Youth Training Centre, where he was a guard. He has admitted to assaulting about 200 people.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, a term that officially expires on Saturday.

He was released to a halfway house in October 2002, and attends treatment programs for sex offenders.