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Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson admits to child sex charge

London: Sunderland's winger Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming at his under-age sex trial yesterday.

Adam Johnson. Pic/AFP
Adam Johnson. Pic/AFP

The 28-year-old player, capped 12 times by England, continues to deny two other charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16. Johnson 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. 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.

Johnson began his career with Middlesbrough and returned to northeast in 2012 when he joined Sunderland from Manchester City in a £10 million deal.

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