Gordon Stuckless: Sentencing Wednesday in Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal
TORONTO – A sentencing hearing for the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal has been postponed to Wednesday.
Gordon Stuckless pleaded guilty in 2014 to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 boys decades ago.
Stuckless was later found guilty of two additional charges of gross indecency linked to two of the 18 victims.
Defence lawyer Ari Goldkind said earlier this year that he had learned prosecutors want his client jailed for 10 to 12 years.
Prosecutors decided last December not to seek dangerous offender or long-term offender status for Stuckless.
Goldkind has maintained neither dangerous offender nor long-term offender status is justified since his client has behaved lawfully since his last convictions and voluntarily undergoes chemical castration.
Stuckless also pleaded guilty in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.
He was sentenced to two years less a day in that case, but that was later increased to five years.
He was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.