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The former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been told he will received a ‘substantial prison sentence’ after he was found guilty of sexual activity with a besotted 15 year old fan.
His teenage victim said she felt ‘so broken’ after her idol was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child at Bradford Crown Court and cleared of another.
Johnson showed no obvious emotion as the jury returned its verdicts. He had already admitted a less serious charge of sexual activity with the teenager and also grooming her over social media.
All the charges relate to an incident in the former Sunderland winger’s Range Rover when he met up with the girl in County Durham on January 30 last year.
The jury in the trial of former Sunderland footballer, Adam Johnson, has been sent out to consider its verdict.
Johnson, 28, has already pleaded guilty to grooming a 15 year old girl and one charge of sexual activity with the teenager.
This morning, Judge Jonathan Rose continued to sum up the evidence in the case, before concluding just before midday.
He reminded the jury of eight women and four men about what the player said under cross examination in the witness box and, also, what his ex girlfriend Stacey Flounders told the court.
Judge Rose’s final comment to the jury was:
“When you retire, you must reach verdicts on which you are all agreed.
“I can only accept unanimous verdicts in this case. 12 0 is the only possible score.”The judge in the trial of England footballer Adam Johnson has begun summing up the case.
The former Sunderland winger is on trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of two counts of sexual activity with a 15 year old girl.
The 28 year old pleaded guilty to charges of grooming and sexual activity with a child, involving kissing,
on the first day the case was listed for trial.
Judge Jonathan Rose told the jury of eight women and four men:
“In February last year, a 15 year old girl told police that she had met and had intimate relations with the defendant, a professional footballer with Sunderland Football Club.”
The two week trial has heard that the girl was a “massive, massive Sunderland fan” who was infatuated with Johnson.
The court’s heard that after meeting at the football club, the pair exchanged phone numbers and sent and received 834 WhatsApp messages in little more than a month.
Johnson met the girl in his black Range Rover on January 17th last year and signed two Sunderland shirts for her.
The footballer admits kissing her during a second meeting on January 30th but denies that any further sexual activity took place.
Judge Rose told the jury that the defence’s case is that the girl is a “proven liar who has made up the other allegations”.
“It is quite clear, say the defence, that (the girl) is lying.”
He said the defence claim Johnson is a “man to be believed”, who has suffered “irreparable damage” to his footballing career and his relationship with his girlfriend and mother of his child, Stacey Flounders, as a result of his admissions.
Judge Rose said the prosecution’s case is that Johnson, who has admitted being sexually attracted to the girl,