Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Prosecutors Seek 12 Years in Prison for Gordon Stuckless in Sex Abuse Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Prosecutors Seek 12 Years in Prison for Gordon Stuckless in Sex Abuse Case

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Crown seeks 12 years in prison for Stuckless

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TORONTO - Prosecutors say the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal should spend 12 years behind bars for the trauma he inflicted upon his young victims despite the defence's reassurances that chemical castration has kept him in check for more than a decade.

The Crown told Gordon Stuckless's sentencing hearing Monday that he betrayed the trust of young boys he befriended and then abused, leaving them with lifelong emotional scars.

"He targeted the most vulnerable children he could -- those with alcoholic fathers, domestic abuse within the home, constant turmoil in the family home, absentee fathers, children being raised by single mothers, living in a foster home," Crown attorney Kelly Beale said Monday.

"He made these children feel special, making them believe they needed him in their lives," only to force sexual contact on them for his own gratification, she said.

Some of those children were as young as eight years old at the time, and some were abused as many as 75 times, Beale said -- both aggravating factors she argued should be considered in sentencing.

She called Stuckless, an equipment manager at the Gardens, a "prolific serial pedophile" whose actions turned his victims into "very damaged men."

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.

Beale said his history of sexual abuse should nonetheless be considered "extremely aggravating."

"There is no other offender known in Canadian law that parallels Gordon Stuckless's crimes," she said in her submissions.

Stuckless's lawyer, Ari Goldkind, is set to make his submissions on sentencing Tuesday. …

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