TORONTO – Police have arrested convicted Maple Leaf Gardens pedophile Gordon Stuckless for 15 new sex-related charges, involving five additional victims.
The new charges are tied to five men who were between the ages of nine and 13 at the time of the alleged assaults, in both the late 1960′s and 70′s, who did not come forward until recently.
“With the passage of time, these men have grown [into] a different stage of their lives,” Det. Const. Roger Villaflore said at a news conference, Friday. “They feel more comfortable with speaking to these men. The commonality is they want to hold Stuckless accountable for what had happened.”
Stuckless appeared in court at Old City Hall on Friday morning to face six other charges that were laid in February related to alleged assaults on 11 and 13-year-old boys that happened in the late 70s.
Stuckless, who turned 64 on March 9, was convicted in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto between 1969 and 1988. Stuckless spent five years in jail for that.
“What would I say to anybody else if they come forward?”, said one of those victims, Friday. “It won’t fix it – that’s what I’ve realized, but it can get a resolution, and it can relieve some of the incredible pressure that you probably feel.”
He was volunteering at a community centre and sports clubs at the time and police allege the assaults happened there, at Maple Leaf Gardens and at other locations in Toronto.
Stuckless was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence. He was originally sentenced to two years less a day in 1997. That sentence was later increased to five years.
He’ll be processed at 52 Division for the two new charges and it’s expected he’ll be released pending his next court appearance.
York Regional Police are also investigating Stuckless, while Toronto Police believe there are still some victims who have yet to come forward.
“The message is that they are not alone, as you can tell, and I hope that they do find the courage to come forward as these other men have,” said Villaflore.