UPDATE: Victim testifies at N.L. man’s sex scandal trial

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One of Gordon Stuckless’s victims is telling a Toronto court how the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of the man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens scandal ruined his life.

Gordon Stuckless — Photo by The Canadian Press

Stuckless, who is originally from Newfoundland, pleaded guilty last month to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 underage boys decades ago, including the man testifying today.

But he pleaded not guilty to another eight charges involving some of those victims.

The man, who was 11 at the time and cannot be identified, described some of the abuse, including an incident in which Stuckless allegedly pressed a blade to his neck while molesting him.

The Crown is expected to request a dangerous offender assessment for Stuckless, but his lawyer says it’s not warranted since his client has been living a “very law-abiding life.”

Stuckless pleaded guilty in 1997 to sex assaults on two dozen boys while he was an usher at Maple Leaf Gardens.

He was forced back in the spotlight last year when police announced fresh charges against him in alleged incidents dating back decades.

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(Earlier story)

Sex scandal trial starts today for N.L. man

The Newfoundland native at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens scandal is facing trial today on charges related to the sexual abuse of young boys decades ago.

Gordon Stuckless pleaded guilty last month to 100 charges stemming from the sexual abuse of 18 young victims between 1965 and 1985.

But he pleaded not guilty to another eight charges, including buggery and assault, related to five of those victims during that same time period.

Stuckless will be sentenced on his plea after the trial.

The Crown is expected to request a dangerous offender assessment for Stuckless, but his lawyer says it’s not warranted since his client has been living a “very law-abiding life.”

Stuckless pleaded guilty in 1997 to sex assaults on two dozen boys while he was an usher at Maple Leaf Gardens.

He was forced back in the spotlight last year when police announced fresh charges against him in alleged incidents dating back decades.

 

 

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