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Friday, March 25, 2016

FINAL JUDGEMENT! Adam Johnson gets 6-year jail term for sexual activity with underaged girl

Adam Johnson gets 6-year jail term for sexual activity with underaged girl

Photo: Former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court in Bradford, northern England, on February 29, 2016.

Former Manchester City and Sunderland star Johnson has admitted one count of sexual activity with a child and another of meeting a child following grooming.

The 28-year-old denies two counts of sexual activity with the girl, who was 15 years old at the time of the alleged incident./ AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Manchester City, Sunderland and England forward, Adam Johnson has been handed a six-year jail term.

He was found guilty on a charge of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl earlier this month at Bradford Crown Court, which he appealed against on Thursday.

Johnson, whose contract was terminated by Sunderland following his guilty plea, ran into court to avoid the media scrum and then listened to a statement from the victim in which she detailed the impact the case has had on her personal life and schoolwork.

The prosecution also highlighted the way Johnson’s supporters had continued to soil the image of the victim on social media.

Johnson’s lawyer, psychologist Dr Philip Hopley claimed Johnson was “socially and psychologically immature” for his age and his physical development growing up “was somewhat retarded”.

Dr Hopley also explained how Johnson was unable to discuss the crimes he had committed due to the shame he felt, with the footballer suggesting “being in prison would offer some relief. I just want to let people I have hurt get on with their lives”.

Johnson, Dr Hopley said, also told him “explicit messaging was common practice among his fellow footballers”.

On his final verdict, Judge Jonathan Rose said: “All of this is entirely your own responsibility and your own fault.

“She had only just turned 15 when you began to groom her…because you found her sexually attractive even though you knew her to be just 15.

“Your standing and your offending are the only reason this child has suffered abuse.”Johnson, who showed no emotion when the verdict was delivered, has signed the sex offender’s register and has a restraining order placed on him against the victim.

He must also pay £50,000 prosecution costs.

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