Graham James' bail decision delayed

Graham James is currently facing nine new charges of sexual assault. (QMI AGENCY)

Graham James is currently facing nine new charges of sexual assault. (QMI AGENCY)

DEAN PRITCHARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It will be at least another week before a judge rules whether disgraced former junior hockey coach and scout Graham James should be released on bail.

The Crown opposed his release at a day long bail hearing Wednesday.

James, 58, is facing nine new charges of sexual assault involving three minors between 1979 and 1994. The alleged victims include former NHLer Theo Fleury.

James was convicted in 1997 of sexually assaulting two teenage hockey players, including NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail.

He was pardoned in 2007, sparking national outrage and prompting the federal government to double the waiting period for convicted felons to apply for pardons. A parliamentary committee is examining the possibility of banning child molesters from applying at all.

James was arrested again in October and charged with nine counts of sexual assault against three boys between 1979 and 1994, including Theo Fleury.

Sitting in the prisoners box, James appeared much slimmer and much greyer than he did a decade ago. James wore a sombre expression and appeared to listen attentively as lawyers argued for and against his release.

Details of the bail hearing cannot be printed due to a publication ban.


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