|Gordon Stuckless. (Handout)
TORONTO - Time has not healed all wounds for Allan Donnan.
"I always hear, ĎIt happened so long ago.í I close my eyes, itís like it happened yesterday," Donnan said Friday at Toronto Police headquarters.
He was one of the victims that originally brought Gordon Stuckless before the courts in 1997 and said the 15 new charges just bring back pain.
"You can get past this," he said. "But there is no closure or resolution."
Donnan was one of 24 boys Stuckless was convicted of assaulting when he worked as a equipment man and part-time employee at Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988. For those assaults he received two years less a day and chemical castration. That sentence was later increased to five years, but Stuckless served only two-thirds of the time and was released in 2001.
Donnan, 51, said the outrage over that sentence shattered his faith in the justice system. Something needs to change to protect children from predators, he said.
"We have to go through a process where Mr. Stuckless has more rights and protection than any of the victims involved in this case," Donnan said.
Donnan applauded the men who came forward to police, giving information that has resulted in the new charges. Itís the hardest thing theyíll do in their lives, he said.
"The young guys who were involved come forward when it just about kills you," he said of his own experience. "When you canít live with it anymore, when you canít explain it to your family. And all throughout the process, every single one of us knows, there is going to be more, there is going to be more."