Saturday 24 February 2018

Footballer Johnson gets six years on child sex charges

Nicola Harley

Former England footballer Adam Johnson was a sex addict and was even found with animal porn, we can now report.

Details of his salacious sex life came out as the 28-year-old starts a six-year sentence for grooming and having sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

During the search of the player's home last year, police recovered an extreme pornographic image from his computer of someone having sex with an animal.

He had also carried out searches for images of young girls - one website was called 'Nice young teens'.

They also found STD medication in a safe by his bed. Legal restrictions prevented publishing these details until now.

It comes as psychiatrists revealed Johnson believed he had a "right" to sex with anyone regardless of their age as he was obsessed with seeking out new sexual experiences.

Former England footballer Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown CourtPhoto:Nigel Roddis/Getty Images
Former England footballer Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown CourtPhoto:Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

The judge said Johnson had been hunting out women for sex from the time he joined Manchester City.

Psychosexual therapist Victoria Appleyard said Johnson has a hypersexual disorder and used his profession to gain sex and had "persuaded" himself his actions were not "damaging" to the women.

Speaking about his victim, Johnson had told Priory psychiatrist Dr Philip Hopley: "I treated her like any of the girls I met. I put her age out of my mind. I was sexually interested but she was just another girl, another opportunity. She was attractive enough. Another one to get with."

He had groomed the girl and sent her more than 800 messages over a two-month period after they met as she waited to get his autograph after a game.

He persuaded her to meet him at a private location, adding, "Better when it's dark" and asking, "You gunna be forward with me?".

He also suggested she would not be shy if she drank alcohol.

Johnson's usual routine after training with Sunderland was to visit different women for sex on his way home. Judge Jonathan Rose told Johnson: "It is quite clear that the events with which the court is concerned took place when you were engaging frequently in sexual intercourse with multiple partners.

"Dr Hopley speaks of your careless and reckless disregard for the age of your victim due to your lack of clear thinking and your compulsive drive to have new sexual experiences."

Johnson was convicted of one offence of sexual activity with a child but cleared of another following a two-week trial at Bradford Crown Court.

He had already admitted grooming the 15-year-old schoolgirl and kissing her in a sexual manner.

Johnson had used social media to groom the girl after she contacted him on Facebook on New Year's Eve 2014.

The charges against Johnson arose from a meeting between him and the girl in his car in County Durham on January 30 last year. The former England international was sacked by Sunderland last month following his guilty pleas.

Irish Independent

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