Football Star Adam Johnson Found Guilty of Under-Age Sex Charge

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • March 2, 2016, 11:40 AM


Ex-England footballer Adam Johnson has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a girl aged 15.

 

The England winger had already admitted grooming the girl and kissing her. But he denied the 'passionate kiss' led to anything further.

 

The jury at Bradford Crown Court found Johnson guilty of a charge of sexual touching, but not guilty on a charge relating to another sexual act. The judge has said a prison sentence is 'almost inevitable' and set a maximum sentence for the charges at 10 years.

 

Johnson, who wore a black suit, white shirt and black tie, sat in dock between two security guards and did’t appear to react to the verdicts.

 

The former Sunderland player was granted bail and will be sentenced in two to three weeks.

 

"Indeed, upon learning of the guilty plea on 11 February 2016, the club acted quickly and decisively in terminating Adam Johnson's contract without notice."

 

'However, Johnson exploited his reputation as a local hero to take advantage of a young and impressionable girl. This was not a case where he didn't know how old a girl was.

 

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