Adam Johnson is set to avoid being sent to a tough Category A prison and will instead move to a ‘cushy’ jail within the next few weeks.
This is according to The Sun, who understand a Category B or C prison has been lined up for the disgraced former Sunderland and England winger.
Johnson was sentenced to six years behind bars last month after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl but is poised to launch an appeal against his conviction.
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Since the day of his sentencing, Johnson has been temporarily held in Armley Jail in Leeds.
It was initially reported that he would spend the majority of his sentence at top security Frankland Prison, where Soham murderer Ian Huntley is currently serving time, but The Sun understand that HMP Holme House is now being touted as the footballer’s next destination.
Source denies Johnson is receiving “special treatment”
That particular prison is near Johnson’s home and has its own all-weather football pitch.
The Sun claim that a source has denied Johnson is receiving “special treatment” due to his celebrity status, but admitted: “People will wonder whether he should be kept in a much tougher prison given the nature of his offence.”
It was recently reported Johnson had told friends that seeing his baby daughter, Ayla, would be the only way he could ‘survive’ his six-year sentence.
And being located at Holme House would allow the 28-year-old to see his child on a more regular basis, as well as his father, sister and former partner - all of whom have remained loyal to Johnson despite his conviction.
Johnson struggling at HMP Armley
Johnson is currently on the same wing as a “sick child abuse gang” - according to the Mirror - and has been on suicide watch since arriving at HMP Armley.
But in a letter to his supporters - via his sister, Faye - Johnson thanked them for sticking by him.
"Tell the fans thanks for the support from me if your allowed and the letters (sic),” the note, written from prison, reads. “Speak soon. Love Adam xxx"
While Johnson’s career in football is almost certainly over - barring the unlikely event that his conviction is overturned - he will have the opportunity to gain a “level 1” football coaching qualification if he ends up at Holme House.
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