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Prosecutor: Johnson 'abused revered position' in sex case

12 February 2016, 22:04

London - Prosecutors say English soccer player Adam Johnson "abused his revered position in society" by having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl who "idolized" him.

Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, went on trial on Friday accused of sexual activity with a child. He has pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, but denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child. He was fired by Premier League team Sunderland on Thursday.

Also read: Man racially abused by Chelsea fans to attend PSG rematch

Resuming the trial at Bradford Crown Court, prosecutor Kate Blackwell said the girl involved was a season-ticket holder at Sunderland and regarded Johnson as "her absolute hero."

Blackwell said Johnson made contact with the girl after receiving a Facebook friend request, arranged to meet her, and was made aware she was aged 15.

- AP


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