LONDON, March 24 – Former England footballer Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City star was found guilty of sexual activity with the teenager following an incident in his Range Rover car in County Durham, north-east England, last year.
Johnson, 28, had admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child and grooming the girl.
Judge Jonathan Rose, passing sentence, said the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been a Sunderland fan who would wait after matches to take pictures of her “favourite player”, Johnson, who had known her age.
“That was known to you to put it another way she had only just turned 15 when you began grooming her, because as you were to admit you found her sexually attractive,” said the judge.