Crown won't seek dangerous offender status for Gordon Stuckless

TORONTO -- The lawyer for the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal says prosecutors have decided not to seek a dangerous offender designation for his client.

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Ari Goldkind says the Crown has also chosen not to pursue long-term offender status for Gordon Stuckless, who pleaded guilty last year to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 boys decades ago.

Stuckless was later found guilty of two additional charges of gross indecency linked to two of the 18 victims. His case is currently in its sentencing phase.

Crown lawyers had previously indicated they wanted him labelled a dangerous offender, which would allow an indefinite sentence.

A long-term offender designation, meanwhile, can result in supervision of up to 10 years in the community after incarceration.

Goldkind has said the dangerous offender label is unwarranted, particularly since his client has abided by the law since his previous convictions and voluntarily undergoes chemical castration.

This fall, a court-ordered psychiatric assessment found Stuckless did not meet the criteria for dangerous offender status, while recognizing that the court could reach a different conclusion.

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

He was sentenced to two years less a day in that case, but that was later increased to five years. He was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.



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