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03/30/2016 10:52 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Stuckless victims tell of lifelong suffering due to Maple Leaf Gardens abuse

TORONTO — Victims of the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal say they've been permanently scarred by his actions.

A Toronto court is hearing victim impact statements as part of a sentencing hearing for Gordon Stuckless, who 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.

Prosecutors decided last month not to seek to have him designated a dangerous or long-term offender.

Defence lawyer Ari Goldkind says the Crown has indicated it will push for a sentence of 10 to 12 years.

Stuckless remains under house arrest while on bail and must be accompanied by his brother when he leaves the home.

He previously pleaded guilty in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

He was sentenced to two years less a day in that case, but that was later increased to five years. He was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

The Canadian Press