Police tight-lipped on James charges
ROSS ROMANIUK, QMI Agency
|Graham James, seen here during his coaching career with the Swift Current Broncos, could soon face additional sex-related charges. (QMI Agency file photo)
Police in Winnipeg had no immediate update early Wednesday afternoon on possible new sex-related charges against disgraced junior hockey coach Graham James.
Amid reports that the Winnipeg Police Service is possibly set to announce additional charges against James as early as Wednesday, spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said he could not yet confirm that.
Michalyshen told reporters, however, that the city force has "investigators actively involved" in a probe into allegations against James, and that information on charges "could very well be" released later in the day.
He did not confirm that police will have anything further to say on the matter soon.
James, 58, who coached the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos, MJHL's Winnipeg South Blues and more recently coached in Spain, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two of his players, including ex-NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, between 1984 and 1995.
He was sentenced in 1997 to 3.5 years in prison. James was pardoned by the National Parole Board in early 2007, and was recently discovered to be spending time in Mexico.
The latest police investigation into James was reportedly spurred by a formal complaint laid by former NHL star player Theoren Fleury, who alleges in his autobiography that James molested him while he was his coach at the junior level.