Adam Johnson's therapist told court that he posed a "low to medium risk" of re-offending, reports Sky Sports.
Johnson has been sentenced to six years in prison for grooming and sexual activity with a child. The former England footballer was sentenced on Thursday afternoon by Judge Jonathan Rose at Bradford Crown Court.
The 28-year-old was initially found guilty of one offence of sexual activity with a child on March 2. It has also been revealed in court that the former footballer has been stripped of his 12 England caps.
BECOME A WRITER
Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay3
The ex-Sunderland and Manchester City midfielder's therapist told the court that Johnson had been unable to talk about what he had done because of his shame.
It was also revealed in court that the former footballer is willing to enter a treatment program to make sure that he does not offend again.
Judge, Rose, insisted that Johnson's actions were 'deliberate' and suggested that he had hoped to get away with it.
Rose stated, as per The Guardian: “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.”
Johnson, of course, continued to play for Premier League outfit Sunderland until his guilty plea, which eventually saw him sacked by the club.
Unsurprisingly, then, the NSPCC have written to the Football Association to explain their worries over the matter.
"Adam Johnson's behaviour throughout this sordid affair was horrifying, inexcusable and made worse by his not guilty pleas which forced his victim to suffer the harrowing experience of giving evidence in court.
"But this was not only about one rogue player. It was also about a club that seemingly did not have child protection priorities embedded in its culture.
"It was worrying that child safeguarding took second place to getting results on the pitch. That can never be allowed to happen again at any club."
What do you make of Johnson's prison sentence? Have your say below!