Crown seeks 10 to 12 years in prison for Gordon Stuckless: lawyer

TORONTO -- The lawyer for the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal says prosecutors want his client jailed for 10 to 12 years.

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Prosecutors decided last month not to seek dangerous offender or long-term offender status for Gordon Stuckless.

Defence lawyer Ari Goldkind says he learned Wednesday what sentence the Crown would seek instead.

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.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for this spring.

Prosecutors had previously indicated they wanted Stuckless 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 maintains neither label is justified since his client has behave lawfully since his last convictions and voluntarily undergoes chemical castration.

Stuckless remains under house arrest while on bail and must be accompanied by his brother when he leaves the home.

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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