England's Johnson charged with child sex offences
Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30
Adam Johnson, the England international footballer, has been charged with child sex offences over allegations he slept with a 15-year-old girl.
The 27-year-old Sunderland winger has been charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and with one offence of grooming.
He will appear before Peterlee Magistrates' Court on May 20.
In a statement, a spokesman for Durham Police said: "Adam Johnson, a professional footballer aged 27 from Castle Eden, County Durham has this afternoon been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old plus one offence of grooming.
"Johnson was initially arrested on Monday, March 2 and was charged after he answered police bail today at Peterlee police station.
"He will appear at Peterlee magistrates court on the morning of Wednesday May 20."
Johnson had arrived at Peterlee Police Station shortly after lunchtime to be told he would be charged.
He left around 20 minutes later looking grim-faced and he refused to make any comment to the waiting media.
The footballer, who was dressed in a navy tracksuit and white trainers, got into a grey Range Rover driven by another man.
Johnson, who played for Middlesbrough and Manchester City before joining for Sunderland, was arrested at his £1.85m County Durham home last month, after the police received a complaint from the father of a 15-year-old girl.
It is understood that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had boasted on social media about being in a relationship with the 27-year-old winger.
Johnson, who has 11 England caps, was questioned for several hours at a local police station following his arrest before being released on police bail.
His arrest came just weeks after his partner, Stacey Flounders, gave birth to the couple's daughter.
Following his arrest he was suspended by his relegation-threatened club, but that decision was subsequently reversed and he has featured in a number of recent games. (© Daily Telegraph, London)