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12/07/2011 02:57 EST | Updated 02/06/2012 05:12 EST

A look at Graham James's career and legal history

WINNIPEG - A chronology of Graham James's career and legal history:

Feb. 7, 1952: Graham James is born in Summerside, P.E.I.

1965: Moves to Winnipeg at the age of 13.

1970s: Quits hockey as a player because of asthma. Graduates from university and works briefly as substitute teacher before beginning coaching career.

1979-83: Coaches junior hockey and wins the Manitoba provincial title with the Fort Garry Blues.

1983-84: Named head scout of the Western Hockey League's Winnipeg Warriors and recruits Theoren Fleury and Sheldon Kennedy.

1984: Hired as head coach of the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors.

1986: Hired as head coach and general manager of WHL's Swift Current Broncos; acquires Kennedy in a trade. The team's bus is involved in a crash that kills four players.

1986-94: Broncos win a pair of WHL titles in 1989 and 1993, and a Memorial Cup under James's leadership.

1994: Joins Calgary Hitmen as part-owner, general manager and head coach.

Nov. 22, 1996: Calgary police charge James with two counts of sexual assault involving more than 300 incidents against two of his former players over a span of 10 years.

Jan. 2, 1997: Pleads guilty to sexual assault and is sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. The Canadian Hockey Association imposes a lifetime ban on coaching.

Feb. 27, 1998: James pleads guilty to indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1971. He receives a six-month concurrent sentence.

July 1, 2000: James's sentence expires; he disappears from the public eye.

2001-03: James is found coaching several boys teams in Spain, including the national team.

2003: A civil lawsuit, filed in 1999 by an anonymous victim, is settled out of court. James tells a Saskatchewan reporter who finds him in Spain: "I'm sorry for all of this."

2007: James quietly applies for and receives a pardon from the National Parole Board, prompting national outrage when it comes to light several years later in reports by The Canadian Press. The Conservative government has since made it more difficult to apply for pardons.

October 2009: Fleury releases his autobiography "Playing with Fire" in which he alleges James sexually molested him from the age of 14.

January 2010: Fleury files a complaint with the Winnipeg police service, prompting an investigation into his allegations.

May 2010: Reporters track down James in Guadalajara, Mexico. James says he is working there and refuses a request for an interview; refers any questions to his Winnipeg lawyer.

October 2010: Winnipeg police issue a Canada-wide warrant for James, charging him with nine new sex charges involving three boys and spanning 1979 to 1994. James is apprehended by police at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and brought back to Winnipeg.

December 2010: James is granted bail and moves to Montreal.

Dec. 7, 2011: James pleads guilty to sexual offences involving Fleury and one other unnamed victim.