London: Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 and one of grooming, Durham Police said yesterday.
The 27-year-old England international attended a police station to answer his bail, where he was charged, Durham Police said.
He was initially arrested on Monday March 2, and will appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court in County Durham, north-east England, next month.
"Following an investigation by Durham Police, I have today authorised police to charge Adam Johnson, aged 27, with four offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The offences are alleged to have been committed on one girl aged 15 at the time," Gerry Wareham, the Crown Prosecution Service's chief crown prosecutor for the north-east, said in a statement.
Wareham added prosecutors had concluded there was a "realistic prospect of conviction" and that it was in the "public interest" to charge Johnson with one offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming. The offences date from December 30 2014 to February 26 2015.