Former England footballer Adam Johnson jailed for six years for child sex crime

London: Former England international soccer player Adam Johnson was jailed for six years on Thursday after being found guilty of sex offences involving a 15-year-old girl.

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Adam Johnson jailed for child sex crime

The former England winger is sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child.

Johnson, 28, who was sacked by Premier League club Sunderland in February, was convicted earlier this month of sexual activity with a child, having already admitted kissing and grooming the teenager.

The judge was told he was also arrested for possessing extreme pornography.

Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday.
Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday. Photo: AP

After Johnson was sentenced, restrictions were lifted that had prevented the reporting of Johnson's arrest in relation to alleged extreme pornographic images, thought to be bestiality-related, found on his computer.

The arrest was mentioned in hearings at Durham Crown Court prior to Johnson's trial.


Durham Police confirmed he has now been released from his bail in relation to this matter and no further action will be taken.

It is understood the images found on the computer were of a "jokey" nature.

Johnson playing for Sunderland in 2013.
Johnson playing for Sunderland in 2013. Photo: AP

The pre-trial hearings also heard how police found medicines in a safe when Johnson was arrested that indicated he may have been suffering from sexually transmitted infections.

"Adam Johnson exploited a young star-struck fan, actively grooming her over a number of months in single-minded pursuit of his own sexual gratification," said Gerry Wareham from Britain's Crown Prosecution Service outside Bradford Crown Court in northern England.

"This situation had a devastating effect on the young victim and it is my sincere hope that she and her family will be granted the respect and space they deserve to recover and rebuild their lives."

The winger, who has played 12 times for England, began his career at Middlesbrough and also played for Manchester City before joining Sunderland for £10 million ($18.8 million) in 2012 on a four-year contract.

He had been a regular for the northeast side this season until the start of his trial and scored in his last appearance in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool last month.

Johnson was suspended by Sunderland in March 2015 after being arrested but two weeks later the club lifted the ban.

Sunderland's Chief Executive Margaret Byrne resigned two weeks ago over her role in the decision to allow Johnson to continue playing for the team.