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More charges against 'Monster of Maple Leaf Gardens'

Gordon Allen Stuckless

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CHRIS DOUCETTE | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO - The last living "Monster of Maple Leaf Gardens" -- of the trio who perpetrated the massive child sex scandal that tarnished the hockey shrine from the dressing room to the owner's suite -- is facing new charges.

Gordon Stuckless, 63, a former assistant equipment manager at the Gardens, was re-arrested Thursday for allegedly molesting two boys in Regent Park more than three decades ago, Toronto Police said.

Stuckless, who was paroled in 2001, is now charged with six counts of indecent assault on a male, assault and possession of a weapon or imitation.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Stuckless, who was eventually sentenced to five years in prison in 1997 for 572 sex acts against two dozen boys over a 20-year period, procured boys for group sex with his Maple Leaf Gardens supervisor, George Hannah.

Dozens of victims alleged being sexually abused by Stuckless, Hannah and John Paul Roby, who worked as an usher at MLG.

Hannah died in 1984 without being charged but he has been implicated in Stuckless' crimes and civil lawsuits.

Roby was convicted of 60 sexual offences involving 42 kids. He was declared a dangerous offender and was facing an indefinite sentence when he died in prison in 2001.

When Stuckless pleaded guilty to 24 counts of indecent or sexual assault in 1997, he admitted that he targeted boys from low-income families in Regent Park where he also worked as a teacher's assistant.

Exploiting his position of trust to satisfy his deviant desires, Stuckless lured his prey with free access to the Gardens, Toros or Marlies hockey games, hockey sticks or memorabilia. He befriended their parents as part of his grooming his victims and gaining their trust.

Stuckless' latest alleged victims, now grown men, came forward recently claiming they were abused by Stuckless in the late 1970s when they were 11 and 13 years old.

"As they got older, their circumstances changed," Det.-Const. Roger Villaflor, of the sex crimes unit, said Thursday of their decision to come forward after so many years.

"They had time to reflect on what had happened and they wanted closure," Villaflor explained.

The alleged sexual improprieties occurred at a school in Regent Park where Stuckless worked as a teacher as well as a community centre and other locations in the neighbourhood where he volunteered his time, he said.

Stuckless is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on March 22.


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