Crown seeks 10 to 12 years in prison for Gor­don Stuck­less

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The lawyer for the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gar­dens sex abuse scan­dal says pros­e­cu­tors want his client jailed for 10 to 12 years.

Pros­e­cu­tors de­cided last month not to seek dan­ger­ous of­fender or long-term of­fender sta­tus for Gor­don Stuck­less.

De­fence lawyer Ari Gold­kind says he learned Wed­nes­day what sen­tence the Crown would seek in­stead.

Stuck­less pleaded guilty in 2014 to 100 charges re­lated to the sex­ual abuse of 18 boys decades ago. He was later found guilty of two ad­di­tional charges of gross in­de­cency linked to two of the 18 vic­tims.

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is sched­uled for this spring. Pros­e­cu­tors had pre­vi­ously in­di­cated they wanted Stuck­less la­belled a dan­ger­ous of­fender, which would al­low an in­def­i­nite sen­tence. A long-term of­fender des­ig­na­tion, mean­while, can re­sult in su­per­vi­sion of up to 10 years in the com­mu­nity af­ter in­car­cer­a­tion.

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