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Convicted sex abuser apologizes to Fleury

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP)

Convicted sex abuser and former junior hockey coach Graham James has apologized to his victims, his former players and the entire Canadian hockey community.

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He made the apology during a sentencing hearing for abusing former NHL star Theo Fleury and another player, Todd Holt.

James said he regrets what happened and he realizes parents expected their children would be safe with him. He said the fault is his alone.

His lawyer said James is rehabilitated and shouldn't have to go back to jail. Evan Roitenberg is asking that James receive 12-18 months' community service.

He said his client has been vilified and James is not the ''beast'' he has been made out to be.

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