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.”