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Graham James pleads guilty to latest charge of sexual assault

Graham James

Former hockey coach Graham James arrives at court on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Winnipeg for sentencing for repeatedly molesting two of his young players, former NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt. James pleaded guilty in December to sexually abusing them when they played for him in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s and ‘90s. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)


Graham James has pleaded guilty to the latest charge of sexually assaulting a player he used to coach with the Swift Current Broncos.

From the Calgary Sun:

James, appearing in Swift Current Court of Queen’s Bench via closed-circuit TV, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the then-teen hockey player in the early 1990s.

James is currently serving out a five-year penitentiary term for sexually assaulting former Calgary Flames star Theoren Fleury and his cousin Todd Holt, a standout player with the Swift Current Broncos between 1989 and 1994.

From the Associated Press:

The government and the defense are presenting a joint request that two years be added onto the five-year sentence he is almost finished serving on other charges. It is the third time James has faced sex charges involving players he coached.

Two of James’ former victims, Todd Holt and Sheldon Kennedy, were reportedly in court to support the latest accuser, whose identity has not been publicized.

The judge has adjourned court to decide whether to accept the joint sentencing request.