Man convicted in MLG sex scandal faces new charges
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 1:11PM EST
Last Updated Friday, March 22, 2013 12:49PM EDT
A man convicted in the Maple Leaf Gardens child sexual abuse scandal is facing new charges of sexual assault, Toronto police say.
Police announced the charges Thursday after investigating complaints from two men who say they were sexually assaulted when they were children in the late 1970’s. At the time, one was 11 and the other was 13.
According to police, the alleged sexual assaults occurred at a school, a community centre and at various other locations in Toronto while the suspect was a teacher and a volunteer at a local community centre and with local sports clubs.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims.
Police said Gordon Stuckless, 63, of Toronto was arrested Thursday and is charged with six counts of indecent assault and single counts of assault and possession of a weapon or an imitation.
Stuckless is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on March 22.
Stuckless was convicted in 1997 of sex assault on 24 boys while he was a maintenance man at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto between 1969 and 1988.
Stuckless was granted statutory release in 2001 after serving two-thirds of a five-year-sentence.
Martin Kruze, a victim who came forward and brought the sex abuse scandal to light, ended up killing himself.
Two other men were accused in the scandal.
MLG usher John Paul Roby was convicted in 1999 of sexually abusing more than two dozen children, and was declared a dangerous offender in 2000. He died of a heart attack in Kingston Penitentiary in 2001.
Equipment manager George Hannah died in 1984 before he could be investigated.
Anyone with information about the new allegations is asked to call police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from The Canadian Press
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