The first time, Karl Toft was tried and convicted by a court of law on 34 sexual assault charges. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
However, the pedophile later confessed to the abuse of 200 other children. As he had not yet been tried on those assaults, it is suspected they are the main reason for his suicide.
Through the years, Toft admitted being attracted to minors, illness he suffered since the age of 16, when he worked as a Scout leader.
In a 2008 interview with the Edmonton Sun, Toft admitted that, despite his age, he still felt attracted to minors – who felt the same towards him, he said, commenting on his victim’s inability to resist his height and body mass.
Through the years, contact – and even the presence of nearby children –made life more difficult, reason why he started avoiding public transport and even daily shopping trips, reason why he mainly went grocery shopping during late night hours, when children were unlikely to be around.
Charles Ingles, another inmate at the same prison Toft was serving his sentence, said he met Karl Toft in a Christian group created by inmates, where religious scripts and divine mandates are the main topics of discussion.
Ingles also said that, after a long search for salvation in his religion, Toft’s sense of guilt made him unable to relate to others and that, in his opinion, suicide was the only way he found to achieve both peace and salvation.