Adam Johnson considers appealing guilty verdict as jail sentence looms

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Adam Johnson is considering whether or not to launch an appeal against the conviction for sexually touching an under-aged girl, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Sunderland footballer is currently awaiting his sentence after the jury found him guilty of the charge on a 10-2 majority after over nine hours of deliberation. He was acquitted of another charge of sexual interaction with the same 15-year-old.

He was told by Judge Jonathan Rose that he would be released on bail to get his affairs in order and was also told to say goodbye to his one-year-old daughter. A jail sentence of between four and 10 years is expected.

The judge told him: "You must understand that when you return here at the end of March you will receive a substantial prison sentence."

With few options remaining, Johnson is believed to be considering an appeal against the guilty verdict with his legal team, although it is inconceivable that it would be heard before his sentencing later this month.

The 28-year-old would have to prove to a panel of three judges that the verdict was reached on an inconsistent basis, a misdirection of the jury or on wrongly excluded evidence.

Johnson's legal team must first find a good reason to launch an appeal or they risk having it thrown out as frivolous. The former England international will also have the chance to appeal his sentence if deemed by his representatives as overly harsh.

The verdict

Johnson was seen shaking his head in the dock as the jury delivered their verdict by means of a majority. Gasps were heard in the public gallery but ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders showed no emotion.

The mother of his child has stuck by him throughout the trial but admitted their relationship has ended. Her father, Gary Flounders, has told the media that his daughter is unlikely to ever to give Johnson another chance.

Although released on bail, Johnson was told by the judge that he will be held to a curfew from 7pm to 7am. He was also told he would be 'well advised to stay well away from social media'.

Sunderland in bother

Johnson had already pleaded guilty to kissing the 15-year-old girl during two meetings with her in his Range Rover last January. He also pleaded guilty to one charge of grooming a child.

His former club, who sacked him after those guilty pleas, have come under fire for continuing to play him even though he had allegedly informed them that he had kissed the girl. Sunderland deny they had any knowledge and say they expected Johnson to deny all charges.

Johnson is expected to be held in HMP Leeds initially before being moved to HMP Frankland.

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