Gordon Stuckless sentence sends dangerous message to sex offenders, victim says
Convicted of abusing 18 boys decades ago at Maple Leaf Gardens, Stuckless gets 6 ½ year sentence
A victim of Maple Leaf Gardens sex offender Gordon Stuckless says the six and a half year sentence handed down in court yesterday sends a dangerous message to other sexual predators.
Allan Donnan, one of dozens of boys who was abused by Stuckless, told CBC Radio's Metro Morning that he's not satisfied with the sentence. He said he's been devastated by the abuse he suffered, but more importantly, he and other victims — some who were as young as 10 at the time of the abuse — are worried this could happen to more young children.
"There are still people like Gordon Stuckless out there," Donnan said.
"We gave other pedophiles the right yesterday to continue doing what they do to young children."
Stuckless, a 67-year-old born in Newfoundland who has lived in Toronto for decades, was convicted of abusing 18 boys on Thursday after pleading guilty to 100 charges including multiple counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and gross indecency.
In 1997, he pleaded guilty to assaulting 24 boys while working at the Gardens between 1969 and 1988.
In total, Stuckless will serve six years in prison after receiving six months' credit for time spent under house arrest. His lawyers had sought a five-year sentence, arguing Stuckless has undergone chemical castration for more than a decade, hasn't re-offended and has taken responsibility for his actions.
Stuckless also won't be designated a dangerous offender for his crimes, after prosecutors opted to not seek that punishment part-way through the proceedings.
Donnan said the sentence provides no relief to himself or other victims. Stuckless, he explains, can look forward to a set date when his punishment will end. Victims, meanwhile, are dealing with what feels like a "life sentence," Donnan said.
'You ruined generations,' victim yells in court
In the courtroom, some of those victims reacted angrily after Stuckless received his sentence. "You ruined generations you f--king creep," one victim shouted as the former teaching assistant and coach was escorted out.
Donnan described Stuckless as the "most prolific sex offender" in Canadian history who "honed his craft" when it came to getting access to and abusing young boys. Now, he said he's worried Stuckless's prison sentence lets other serial child abusers know that they won't face serious repercussions.
Stuckless's lawyer, Ari Goldkind, acknowledged the damage that Stuckless did to his victims following the verdict but said his client will never harm another child.
"While there may be child molesters in our midst, there may be criminals in our midst, it is not Gordon Stuckless," Goldkind told reporters.
With files from Metro Morning