Adam Johnson convicted of sexual activity with a child


Former England footballer Adam Johnson has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child but was cleared on a second count.

Jurors at Bradford Crown Court convicted the former Sunderland FC winger by a majority of 10-2 after Judge Jonathan Rose said he would accept a majority verdict.

The 28-year-old admitted grooming a 15-year-old girl and sexual activity with the teenager, relating to kissing her in his Range Rover, but denied the two more serious charges of sexual activity with a child - one involving oral sex and another involving digital penetration.

He was cleared of the oral sex charge this afternoon.

The charges against him arose from a meeting between Johnson and the girl in his car in County Durham on January 30 last year.

Judge Rose said a custodial sentence is "the almost inevitable outcome" but granted Johnson bail until the hearing, which will be held at a later date.

There was no obvious reaction to the verdict from Johnson, who was sitting in the dock with two security guards.