Gordon Stuckless sentencing hearing begins today

Victims of multiple, convicted sex-offender present impact statements to the court

Gordon Stuckless begins his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to over 100 charges of sexual assault, today.

In 1997, Stuckless pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting 24 young boys during his employment at Maple Leaf Gardens from 1969 to 1988.

He would lure the young boys into the arena promising them a hockey ticket or the chance to meet their favourite player.

Instead, the boys were brought to the basement where Stuckless abused them.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and was released on parole in 2001 after completing two thirds of his sentence.

Thirteen years later, Stuckless was charged with assaulting 18 other boys between 1965 and 1985.

It took the prosecution almost an hour to read out the charges against Stuckless. They include indecent assault, sexual assault and gross indecency.

Today, several of the victims read their impact statements to the court. Many are in their 40s and 50s.

They testified that the abuse they suffered at the hand of Stuckless damaged their emotional and psychological state.

The victims said they had trouble forming meaningful relationships or trusting others.

A mother of a victim who remains D.P., blames Stuckless for her son’s drug use. D.P. died from a drug overdose in 2013.

A court-ordered psychological evaluation did not find Stuckless a dangerous offender.

He remains at home on bail, but cannot leave without his brother accompanying him.