Sunderland winger Adam Johnson pleads guilty to child sex charge

England international Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Sunderland winger, who has played 12 times for England, also admitted one count of grooming a girl under the age of 16, a court official said.

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson pleads guilty to child sex charge

File image of Adam Johnson. Getty

Johnson, capped 12 times by England, continues to deny two other charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16. He appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court in northern England wearing a black suit and white tie. He was accompanied by a female police officer.

Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough and has also played for Manchester City, before joining Sunderland for 10 million pounds in 2012 on a four-year contract.

He was initially suspended by Sunderland following his arrest in March last year, but has since returned to action and scored in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League last Saturday.

The case is expected to last for two weeks.


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Updated Date: Feb 11, 2016 13:45:41 IST

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