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Graham James pleads guilty to another sexual assault

06/19/2015 07:30 EDT | Updated 06/19/2016 05:59 EDT
Graham James, the ex-hockey coach who was convicted of molesting five of his players, has pleaded guilty to another sexual assault involving a different victim.

The latest case concerning the former Western Hockey League coach, who is currently in prison, was dealt with in Swift Current, Sask., Friday morning.

James, who appeared by video link, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a player he coached in 1990 and 1991.

The Crown and defence have jointly suggested that two years be added onto the five-year sentence that James is almost finished serving on other charges.

This is the third time James, 62, has faced sex-related charges involving former players. He is serving the final few weeks of his latest prison sentence.

Todd Holt and Sheldon Kennedy, who were abused by James when they played for him, appeared at the courthouse Friday to support the latest victim, who has not been named.

Kennedy is now an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault.

"I can show up there and be present and show people there is hope, that there is a way to feel OK and get your life back," Kennedy said. "A lot of times, individuals feel there is no way to get out of the craziness they feel inside."

The current charge of sexual assault relates to a player who came forward with his allegations after being encouraged to speak up by Holt.

"Graham got 20 years of my life," Holt said. "You know what? I want my life back and that's why I started this journey and ultimately my friend started too, so we can get those lives back."

RCMP announced the latest charge against James on May 25. They said they received a complaint about James on Sept. 27, 2013, alleging sexual assaults that took place between 1990 and 1991 when James was a coach for the Swift Current Broncos.

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