Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson denies charges of sexual activity with girl (16)

Tom White

Published 03/06/2015 | 11:05

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson (right)
arrives at Durham Crown Court in County Durham where he is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson (right) arrives at Durham Crown Court in County Durham where he is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson (centre) arrives at Durham Crown Court in County Durham where he is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

England footballer Adam Johnson has denied three charges of sexual activity with a girl under 16 in his first appearance at Crown Court.

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The 27-year-old Sunderland star, who appeared in the dock at Durham Crown Court dressed in a grey suit and white shirt, also denied one charge of grooming.

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson (centre)
arrives at Durham Crown Court in County Durham where he is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson (centre) arrives at Durham Crown Court in County Durham where he is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Johnson entered the court surrounded by his legal team, and spoke to enter his not guilty pleas.

The winger was arrested in March after he was accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Read more here: Footballer in court on sex charges  

The three counts of sexual activity with a child were alleged to have taken place on one night in January at two locations in County Durham, while the offence of meeting a child after sexual grooming was alleged to have happened between December and February.

The winger, who has played 12 times for England, lives in Castle Eden, County Durham.

Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

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