Maple Leaf Gardens sex offender Gordon Stuckless dies in hospital

Gordon Stuckless arrives at court in Toronto on April 22 , 2014. Stuckless, the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal, has been arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault. Toronto police say THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Convicted Maple Leaf Gardens sex offender Gordon Stuckless has died at a Hamilton, Ont. hospital Thursday night, CP24 has learned.

Stuckless was rushed to a hospital after suffering from a brain hemorrhage on Tuesday, his lawyer Ari Goldkind told CP24.

In mid-December, Stuckless was released from jail and was living at a halfway house in Hamilton.

Stuckless pleaded guilty in 1997 to sexually assaulting 24 boys while he worked as an equipment manager at Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988. He was eventually sentenced to six years on appeal, less a year for time served. He received parole in 2001 after serving two-thirds of that sentence.

He faced 100 new charges in 2013 after more victims came forward to report historical offences.

In 2016, Stuckless was convicted of sexually assaulting 18 boys over a period spanning three decades. He was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison, less six months for time served under house arrest.

In a split decision in June 2019, the Court of Appeal for Ontario found that the 2016 sentence was too lenient and issued a new sentence of 10 years in jail, less six months for time served under house arrest.