Adam Johnson Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Child Sex Offences

Disgraced former Sunderland and England player, Adam Johnson has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming, being found guilty by a majority verdict of one further count of sexual activity with a child.

When the guilty verdict was delivered at the start of the month, Judge Jonathan Rose warned Johnson that he would be facing a significant custodial sentence, saying: “You can say goodbye to your daughter. A prison sentence will mean you will not see her for some time.”

Johnson’s barrister, Orlando Powell QC, confirmed that an appeal would be lodged against his conviction on Thursday morning.

A statement from Johnson’s victim was read in court before the sentencing, ​in which she said: “I just wanted to pretend I didn’t exist and none of this was real.”

“This whole experience has been overwhelming, and throughout this I have had many hard times,” she said. “There was always a risk of being recognised when I go out to places, and on some occasions this has happened.”

Arguing for more lenient sentencing, Orlando Powell QC said: “Mr Johnson is an emotionally immature young man who has an impulsive attitude towards engaging in sexual activity and he had, because of his status, ample opportunity.”

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