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Theo Fleury’s accused sexual abuser faces sentencing this week

Feb 20, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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Graham James will face a sentencing hearing for allegedly sexually abusing former Calgary Flames star Theo Fleury and another player, but Fleury is adamant that he’s moved on – regardless of what happens with James.

“I have already moved past and I am the victor over sexual abuse,” Fleury said. “And my sole focus and sole purpose in my life — and for the remainder of my life — is to support other victims who have come forth, or are yet to come forth, and have started the journey and the path to healing.”

Fleury’s battle with those abuses was one of the major focuses of his book “Playing with Fire.”

The spirited former NHL player won’t be on hand for the hearings, but some of James’ other victims will be on hand. Retired NHLer Sheldon Kennedy discussed how difficult it will likely be to sit in the same room as James.

“It’s a hard day to face your abuser in whatever type of abuse that is,” Kennedy said. “For so long you think it’s your fault and most of the time these people are in a position of power over you.”

The former hockey coach has already spent three and a half years in prison due to convictions related to similar charges. The Canadian Press reports that some legal experts  believe that James might serve his time in the community since he’s already done time before, which is an idea that incenses Greg Gilhooly.

“In many ways Graham is no different than (serial child killer) Clifford Olson, except that Graham decided to leave his victims alive at the very end after doing what he did with them,” Gilhooly said. “Graham is a serial pedophile, who picked and chose his victim, and then moved on to the next, and the next, and the next. If our court system believes that the sentence he received the first time is adequate, I say the court system is an ass.”

  1. 4cupsinarow - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    James should be castrated and have pucks shot at him daily and that still wouldn’t be enough for the pain both mental and physical he caused these poor innocent children. I can only pray what’s left of his life is filled with pain and despair till his last breathe!
    Send him to Rikers Island… He’ll find out quick what happens to child molesters, rapers, woman and child beaters and sexual abusers there very fast!… Maybe too fast!

  2. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    I’m suprised graham james wasn’t the head coach of the red wings since apparently that’s what they do now. rape, molest and fire people

    • govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM


    • drewsylvania - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Dude, what?

  3. drewsylvania - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    The victims could also bring suit against Canada for pardoning this puke.

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