I ask if he [Sutton] protects himself in any way from further charges of abuse. 'I don't coach anyone under 16,' he says. Asked why 16, he replies: 'It's the age of consent. My lawyer told me. That way, no one can say I am a paedophile.' Later, when I interview Sutton formally, he watches over his charges, who include a 16-year-old girl whom Sutton's father - a retired swim coach - has brought over from Australia.
James pleaded guilty to 350 sexual assaults against the two players, and was sentenced to three and a half years in jail. He was paroled in 2001. The players referred to whomever James targeted as "Graham's new favourite." James was charismatic and consistently successful as a coach. Even during his investigation, he was able to secure character references from respected hockey people and former players. He claimed that his relationship with Sheldon Kennedy was consensual and it was not illegal or immoral ...James was given a lifetime ban from coaching by the Canadian Hockey Association. When the CHA learned that James was coaching in Spain, it complained to European ice hockey officials, and he was fired.