Former footballer Adam Johnson showed no reaction in the dock after being sentenced to six years in prison.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City midfielder was initially found guilty of one offence of sexual activity with a child by a jury at Bradford Crown Court on March 2.
The 28-year-old has now been sentenced to six years in prison and has also been ordered to pay £50,000 in prosecution costs.
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He has also signed the sex offenders register and will remain on it for the rest of his life.
Johnson has also been given a restraining order against the victim, while he has been stripped of his 12 England caps.
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Despite his lengthy sentencing, it appears that he failed to show any reaction in the dock after the jury convicted him by a 10-2 majority on the sexual touching charge.
His parents, who were in attendance, also failed to react to the verdict, according to journalist Josh Halliday.
Halliday, who has been covering the trial, tweeted: "No reaction from Johnson in the dock as he's jailed for six years. No emotion either from his mother and father."
In a statement read to court, Johnson’s victim revealed how the experience hade made her feel 'very alone' and 'intimidated'.
“The whole experience has been very overwhelming and throughout the process I’ve had many hard times. I’ve always felt at risk of being recognised when I go places and on some occasions this has happened,” she said, as per The Guardian.
“I have felt very intimidated by it all and I’ve felt very lonely at times when I’ve felt everyone is against me due to Adam Johnson protesting his innocence and continuing to put himself in the public eye, and ultimately it was like I was being taunted as if to say he could do what he wants and get away with it.”
The Judge, Jonathan Rose, claimed that Johnson deliberately opted to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Rose stated: “You made a deliberate decision to engage in sexual activity with this young girl and to ignore the fact that she was only 15, no doubt in the hope and expectation that you would get away with it because both she and you would delete all WhatsApp messages referring to your contact and because you thought you could rely on her to tell no one, just as you had asked.”
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