Graham James pleads guilty to sex assaults

CBC News

Former junior hockey coach and convicted sex offender Graham James has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two of the players he coached in the 1980s and early ’90s, including former NHL star Theoren Fleury.

James entered the guilty pleas in a Winnipeg courtroom on Wednesday afternoon. He and his lawyer appeared in court via video link from Montreal, where James currently lives.

“Mr. James has entered guilty pleas of his own free will. No one promised him anything or threatened him,” his lawyer, Evan Roitenberg, said by video link.

James will have to travel to Winnipeg for his sentencing hearing, which will take place on Feb. 22, 2012.

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