Former England and Sunderland forward Adam Johnson has been handed a six year jail sentenced and stripped of his 12 England caps for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old school girl in last January.
The former Sunderland player was on Thursday sentenced to six years in prison for two counts of sexual activity with a minor and also grooming the same girl.
Johnson had denied all four of the allegations until the first day of his trial, when he pleaded guilty to one count of grooming and one count of kissing the schoolgirl.
He continued to deny that he did anything further than kiss the teenager and disputed her two allegations of sexual offences.
But on 2 March he was found guilty by a majority verdict of carrying out a sex act on her in his black Range Rover behind a Chinese takeaway in County Durham on 30 January 2015.
According to the Guardian, Johnson who has been was also ordered to pay £50,000 of the prosecution’s costs showed no emotion in court as he was sentenced by Judge Jonathan Rose, who told him: “All of this is entirely your own repsponsibility and fault.
Rose said Johnson’s victim had suffered “severe psychological harm”. “Your standing and your offending are the only reason this child has suffered abuse.” Rose stated.
Johnson’s sister, Faye, and Stacey Flounders, the mother of his one-year-old daughter, were not in court for his sentencing.
Prosecutor Kate Blackwell had told the court Johnson should be jailed for up to 10 years for carrying out a “calculated, considered and carefully-orchestrated” crime.
The former England footballer’s offending had left his teenage victim with “severe psychological harm” and suicidal thoughts, she said.
The teenager has undergone counselling for depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety, Blackwell said, and lives in fear of being recognised. The court was told that the girl was once approached by a stranger and “asked intrusive questions” while out with her grandparents.