Update: Sex abuser pleads guilty to 100 more charges in Maple Leaf Gardens scandal

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The Newfoundland native at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal pleaded guilty Tuesday to 100 charges involving 18 victims.

Gordon Stuckless arrives at court in Toronto Tuesday April 22, 2014. Stuckless was due to start preliminary hearing as he faces multiple charges related to alleged sex offences that took place in the Toronto area between 1965 and 1984.

Gordon Stuckless, 65, entered the plea in a Toronto courtroom in relation to offences that took place decades ago.

The charges include indecent assault, sexual assault and gross indecency and span from 1965 to 1985.

Stuckless pleaded not guilty to several charges, including sexual assault with a weapon and buggery, and his lawyer Ari Goldkind said a trial on those charges is expected to get underway in the next couple of weeks.

Crown attorney Kelly Beale is expected to request a dangerous offender assessment for Stuckless, but Goldkind said his client, who’s on a sex offender registry, continues his chemical castration therapy and has been living “a very law-abiding life.”

“Since 2001, he is not a danger to society,” Goldkind said. “So again, if we call ourselves a lawful society, not just a vengeful society, Mr Stuckless doesn’t come close to meeting the test for dangerous offender.”

But Allan Donnan, one of his victims in an earlier case, said he wasn’t convinced, given the scope of Stuckless’s abuse.

“For 30 years, he was cold, he was calculated, he was premeditated, he thought about who, he thought about how, he thought about when,” Donnan said outside court.

“What proof does anyone have that since he came out of jail there hasn’t been a single recurrence?”

Stuckless was convicted in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

But he was forced back in the spotlight when police announced fresh charges against him in alleged incidents dating back decades.

All charges relating to separate investigations by Toronto police and York Region police have been merged.

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Earlier story:

N.L. native expected to plead guilty in Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal

A man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal is expected to plead guilty today to more than 100 charges related to alleged offences that took place in the Toronto area decades ago.

Gordon Stuckless’s lawyer says his client, who is originally from Newfoundland, will enter a guilty plea to 103 charges he faces involving 15 alleged victims.

Ari Goldkind says Stuckless categorically denies his guilt on five charges of buggery involving three people who went to police last year.

Goldkind says Stuckless has never “shied away from responsibility for the terrible things he did decades ago.”

Stuckless was convicted in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

But he was forced back in the spotlight when police announced fresh charges against him in alleged incidents dating back decades.

All charges relating to separate investigations by Toronto police and York Region police have been merged together.

 

 

Geographic location: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Newfoundland York Region

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