Graham James still at large
Convicted sex offender Graham James remains at large more than a week after Winnipeg police issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.
The disgraced former hockey coach is facing nine new sexual assault-related charges involving three alleged victims, including former NHL star Theoren Fleury. The charges cover a span dating from 1979 to 1994 and include allegations of repeated sexual assault, gross indecency and buggery.
James’ lawyer, Evan Roitenberg, said discussions with justice and police officials are continuing and dismissed questions of whether James is delaying turning himself in to police.
“What delay?” Roitenberg said. “How long has this investigation been going on? There are things that have to happen first to facilitate what is going to take place.”
Roitenberg would not disclose what discussions he has had with James — who is believed to be in Mexico — or when he is expected to return to Canada.
James served 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1997 to sexual assault against former Flames forward Sheldon Kennedy and another unnamed player.
It was revealed earlier this year James was pardoned by the National Parole Board in early 2007.