Former England and Manchester City winger Adam Johnson has been sentenced to six years in prison after he was found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan and grooming the teenager.
Johnson was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Jonathan Rose.
The 28-year-old admitted kissing the girl in his car in County Durham on Jan, 30 last year and grooming her with hundreds of social media messages, but was found not guilty of a third charge of sexual activity with a child, relating to the same girl.
After he was found guilty of a more serious charge of sexual activity with the teenager, the judge told him he should expect to receive a substantial prison sentence.
And in a statement by Judge Rose, in sentencing Johnson : “This will be your first prison sentence, this is all entirely your fault. There is an abuse of trust, you are trusted by young fans to behave properly.”
The jury had heard how Johnson began exchanging hundreds of messages with the girl on social media at New Year 2015.
He eventually agreed to meet her to sign football shirts but it was during a second meeting, after he inquired about a “thank you kiss,” that the sexual activity happened.
Prior to his sentencing, Sunderland had terminated Johnson’s contract on Feb. 11, shortly after his guilty plea on two charges was entered.
After the verdict was returned, they issued a statement denying they had known that he would change his plea from not guilty.