The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex scandal was back in a Toronto court this morning for a brief appearance. Gordon Stuckless faces 19 new charges of sexual assault.
Police said the new charges relate to allegations that Stuckless sexually assaulted three boys between 1978 and 1984 — when he was working at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Stuckless, 67, is charged with:
- Three counts of sexual assault.
- Four counts of buggery.
- Four counts of indecent assault.
- Six counts of gross indecency.
- Two counts of threatening death.
The Crown requested a publication ban on the names of the three new victims. There will be no bail hearing because he's already serving a sentence in Joyceville institution in Kingston, Ont.
Stuckless's lawyer Ari Goldkind spoke outside court today.
"Even when you're against Mr. Stuckless, which 99.9999 ... per cent of the public ... hopefully that point zero whatever percentage of what's left, wants him to be in a penitentiary taking counseling, still dealing with his issues, making sure that when he does come out, he continues to not offend," said Goldkind.
In June, Stuckless was sentenced to 6½ years in prison for sexually assaulting 18 boys decades ago when he worked at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Before that, Stuckless pleaded guilty in 1997 to sexually assaulting 24 boys while working at the hockey arena.
His next court appearance is scheduled for December 9 at 2 p.m. via video from prison.