WINNIPEG - A judge says he will grant bail to disgraced former junior hockey coach Graham James who faces new sex charges in Winnipeg.

But final conditions for his release won't be set until Dec. 17 and James is to remain in jail until then.

James faces nine charges stemming from alleged encounters between 1979 and 1994 involving three boys, one of them Theo Fleury who became a National Hockey League star.

James, who is 58, served more than a year in jail in the late 1990s for assaulting three young hockey players, including NHLer Sheldon Kennedy.

He was pardoned and moved to Mexico, but returned to Canada after Winnipeg police issued a warrant on the new charges in October.

A publication ban was imposed on most of what was said at the bail hearing.