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Junior Hockey Coach Graham James Faces New Charges Of Sexual Abuse

Graham James, the Canadian junior ice hockey coach who was jailed — and pardoned — for sexually abusing Sheldon Kennedy and another player over a 10-year span, has been arrested to face new accusations from other players, including retired NHL great Theo Fleury.

Last year, Fleury wrote in his biography that James had abused him after Fleury joined a junior team at the age of 13.  In January, Fleury told reporters that he had filed a complaint against his former coach.

When an arrest warrant was issued for James, 58, two weeks ago, Fleury called it "a step in the right direction." Wednesday, James flew to Toronto, where he was met by police.

The Winnipeg Free Press details the charges:

James, convicted of hundreds of charges of sexual assault in 1997 and sent to prison for 3 1/2 years, is now facing nine new sexual abuse charges dating as far back as the late 1970s that involved boys in Winnipeg and Swift Current, Sask.

Court documents say James is charged with three counts of sexual assault, three counts of gross indecency, one count of each of attempt to commit buggery, sexual touching and indecent assault.

It's uncertain what effect the new charges might have on the pardon granted to James in 2007 by Canada's parole board. News of the pardon sparked outrage when it was finally revealed this past April.

James was banned for life from coaching hockey in Canada. Earlier this year, the CBC tracked James down in Guadalajara, Mexico.