Former NHL stars want Canada to follow American lead on sentencing pedophiles

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CALGARY - Two of former junior hockey coach Graham James's sexual abuse victims says they would like Canada to follow the U.S. in handing out harsh sentences to sexual predators.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to the university and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

Former Calgary Flames forward Theo Fleury says it is important to send a message that child sexual abuse is not taken lightly.

He says he would like Canada to adopt a hardline approach for sexual predators and he blames the federal government for showing a lack of leadership.

Sheldon Kennedy, who came forward in the 1990s about his abuse by James, would like tougher sentences as well.

But he says longer jail terms are not the only answer and Canada is on the right track by educating the public and attempting to prevent abuse before it happens.

Organizations: NHL, Calgary Flames

Geographic location: Canada, CALGARY, U.S. Penn

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