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Victims testify at trial of man at centre of Maple Leaf Gardens sex scandal

One of Gordon Stuckless’s victims wept on the stand Tuesday as he accused the man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens scandal of raping him decades ago.

Lloyd William Forde, one of two accusers in the case who can be legally identified, told a Toronto court that Stuckless would molest him regularly when they went on walks or to the movies.


Forde, who was seven or eight years old at the time, recalled an incident in which they went to a barn and ended up on a couch in the loft, both with their pants off.

“I lay on the couch on my stomach and he said to me — and this will burn in my brain forever — ‘It’s going to hurt a little bit but it’s OK because everybody does it. All the boys do it,’ and he proceeded to have intercourse with me,” said Forde, now 55.

“Basically he just raped me.”

Stuckless pleaded guilty last month to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 underage boys decades ago, including Forde and another man who testified Tuesday.

But he pleaded not guilty to another eight charges involving six of those victims and is now on trial on those offences.

Stuckless’s lawyer Ari Goldkind said he expects some of the charges to be withdrawn before the trial comes to a close.

Speaking outside court, he said his client has taken responsibility for the crimes he committed and vehemently denies carrying out those eight offences, which include buggery and assault.

Forde said Stuckless befriended his mother, who he knew from the hockey community, and quickly began to seek him out for walks and other outings.

It was during these outings that Stuckless would grope the boy’s genitals, often while masturbating, and at times perform oral sex on him, according to an agreed statement of facts read in court last month.

“It happened over and over,” Forde testified Tuesday.

Stuckless admitted those assaults, but denied what Forde alleges Stuckless did to him in the barn.

Another man, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, told the court he is still haunted by the abuse he suffered at Stuckless’s hands.

“You ruined my life, man,” he said, glancing at Stuckless from the stand. “He ruined my life.”

The man, who was 11 at the time, 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 Goldkind says it’s not warranted since his client has been living a “very law-abiding life” since his previous convictions and voluntarily undergoes chemical castration.

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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