Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of child sex offences today.
The former Sunderland and England winger was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court and was found guilty of sexual activity.
And an artist’s impression of Johnson standing in the dock has just emerged on social media. Check it out by scrolling down the page.
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The Guardian’s Josh Halliday reported from inside the court and said Johnson didn’t react when his sentence was announced. Nor did his mother or father.
He has been stripped of his 12 England caps and has been ordered to pay £50,000 of the prosecution’s £67,132 costs.
Check out the artist's impression
Johnson’s barrister, Orlando Pownall QC, confirms Johnson’s England career had been wiped.
“He has been stripped of his England caps. He has lost a lucrative career that he will never be able to retrieve and is a figure of national humiliation," Mr Pownall said.
During sentencing, Judge Jonathan Rose told Johnson (via The Guardian): “That was known to you. To put it another way, she had only just turned 15 when you began grooming her, because, as you were to admit, you found her sexually attractive.”
Johnson exchanged 800 messages
The court heard that Johnson exchanged more than 800 messages with the victim.
The judge added: “You continued in your grooming of this girl even after you were engaged in sexual activity with her. You wanted no one to know that you and she were exchanging messages.
“You asked her to find a place to meet that was private and secluded so no one would see you in her company.”
The 28-year-old’s psychology was also called into question, with psychologist Dr Philip Hopley telling the court that Johnson is “socially and psychologically immature” for his age, and his “development was somewhat retarded”.
A victim impact statement was read out in which the girl admitted she was pleased with the guilty verdicts.
“The whole experience has been very overwhelming and throughout the process I’ve had many hard times,” the schoolgirl said, per The Guardian. “I’ve always felt at risk of being recognised when I go places and on some occasions this has happened.
“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.
“For a whole year I’ve been accused of many things and being unable to defend myself has made this hard to deal with not just for me but for my family and close friends. It has affected us all.”
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