TORONTO — The man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal has apologized in court for the lasting harm he caused his young victims.
Gordon Stuckless was instructed to face away from the handful of victims present in a Toronto courtroom where he read his statement during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
At least one victim closed his eyes as Stuckless expressed shame and remorse for betraying their trust and taking away their childhood.
Stuckless pleaded guilty in 2014 to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 boys decades ago.
He was later found guilty of two additional charges of gross indecency linked to two of the 18 victims.
Prosecutors decided earlier this year not to seek to have him designated a dangerous or long-term offender.
WATCH: Stuckless victims complete impact statements