England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has denied charges of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl in Durham Crown Court today.
The winger, who was first arrested in March, has denied three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and a further charge of grooming, according to the Daily Mail.
The Country Durham-born England international has played for several top clubs in the Premier League to date, including Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Sunderland.
The 27-year-old was briefly suspend by current club Sunderland after the news of his arrest broke earlier this year. The £60,000-a-week star has played just four times since his arrest, failing to score in that time.
The sexual offences are alleged to have occurred one night in January after a period of grooming that purportedly took place between December and February.
The footballer has previously been supported by long-term partner Stacy Founders, who gave birth to the pairs' baby daughter just under two months before his arrest. It is unclear whether current club Sunderland would retain the wingers services if a guilty verdict were to be reached by the courts.
Johnson’s trial was originally set for September 21 but has since been brought forward to August 24. We'll have more on the story as it develops.
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