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Adam Johnson found guilty of one charge of sexual activity with a child

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16:08 2 Mar 2016

Former Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson has been found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of one count of sexual activity with a child.

The jury found him not guilty on a second count this afternoon.

Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison for the offence, with Judge Jonathan Rose warning the “starting point” is five years.

“The defendant must understand there is a very high probability of a significant custodial sentence" said Judge Rose.

The former Sunderland player has been on trial after being arrested originally on 2 March 2015 following allegations of a relationship with a 15-year-old Sunderland supporter.

After two weeks of evidence and more than nine hours of deliberation, the jury delivered a guilty verdict on one charge relating to sexual touching having come to a majority verdict of 10-2.

The 28-year-old will be sentenced in two-to-three weeks, with the judge telling him a custodial sentence is an “almost inevitable outcome”.

Johnson, who won 12 England caps during his career, was sacked by Sunderland last month after pleading guilty to grooming and one count of sexual activity with a child on the first day of the trial.

More to follow.

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