Former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has been found guilty of sexually touching a 15-year old girl.
He has however been cleared of a second charge relating to the girl’s claims she performed oral sex on him.
The judge has said a prison sentence is ‘almost inevitable’, with a maximum sentence for the charge standing at seven years.
The former Manchester City player has already admitted grooming the girl and kissing her as they sat in the front seats of his Range Rover Sport on January 30 last year. But he denies the ‘passionate kiss’ led to anything further.
Johnson’s denial of the charge meant the young victim was put through two grueling days of cross-examination last month, during which she regularly broke down in tears.
The former England winger’s career now lies in tatters and his former club Sunderland face questions over why he continued playing for them after he told them he had groomed, met and kissed the girl.
It can be reported for the first time today that Johnson was scolded by the judge during his trial for ‘discourteous behaviour’ after he was seen joking with a security guard who sat next to him in the dock.
At the end of the second week of his trial, he was overheard saying to friend: ‘I hope this is finished by Friday. It’s a bit boring now.’
The trial heard the schoolgirl he groomed would wait outside Sunderland’s stadium for him after matches and later befriended him on Facebook.
He then sent her hundreds of messages on Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat, on which he created a secret account so his girlfriend, Stacey Flounders would not find out.
Following what the prosecution called ‘grooming in its purest form’, Johnson twice picked her up in his Range Rover in January last year.