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Former Sunderland player Adam Johnson sentenced to six years in prison

 
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Former England and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15.

The 28 year old was Sentenced at Bradford Crown Court with Judge Jonathan Rose telling him he had abused a position of trust and caused his victim "severe psychological harm".

At the start of his trial last month, Johnson had admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity. He was found guilty of sexual touching and cleared of one charge relating to another sexual act.

The victim and her family had statements read out to the court, with the victim stating that she had attempted suicide due to the abuse and threats from classmates and the wider public.

Johnson's lawyers have confirmed that they will appeal the decision, whilst the court also heard that the former international has had his 12 caps stripped from him.

Outside the court, Gerry Wareham from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "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."

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