Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for grooming and sexual activity with a child.
The former Sunderland and England footballer was sentenced on Friday afternoon after being found guilty of one offence of sexual activity with a child by a jury at Bradford Crown Court on March 2.
It was also revealed in court this morning that Johnson has been stripped of his 12 England caps.
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A sentencing hearing at Bradford Crown Court were told today by Psychologist Philip Hopley, per the Mirror, that Johnson had 'a disregard towards women' - sparked by his fame.
Asked if Johnson showed “hostility towards women”, Dr. Hopley said: “I wouldn’t choose the term hostility I would say disregard.”
This was a man at the age of 28 who was socially and psychologically immature.
“As a young man he was somewhat retarded [in his physical development], he was very small and hit puberty very late at 16. His confidence and self esteem were impacted.
“This has had a significant impact on his sexual habits.”
Johnson: Victim was 'just another girl'
Johnson told Dr Hopley that he saw the 15-year-old victim as “just another girl” and “put her age out of his mind”.
Johnson was sacked by Sunderland last month after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.
However, questions were asked of the football club after Johnson was allowed to continue playing after his arrest.
Margaret Byrne's resignation
Earlier this month, Margaret Byrne quit as Sunderland’s chief executive over the Johnson issue, admitting she had made a “serious mistake” allowing him to continue playing despite admitting sexual activity with the under-age teenager.
“Mr Johnson’s victim has endured a terrible ordeal and for that I am truly sorry,” she was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “At no time was the failure to suspend him again intended to cause any harm or distress to her or her family.”
Johnson's football career is now over
Johnson’s final appearance for Sunderland came on February 6 at Anfield. He scored after coming on as a second-half substitute but his career as a footballer is now over.
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