Teenager describes encounters with footballer Adam Johnson

England footballer Adam Johnson (centre), 28, arrives with partner Stacey Flounders at Bradford Crown Court, Bradford, where he will go on trial accused of sexual activity with a child.
Photo: The 28-year-old former Sunderland winger pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl on Wednesday./Photo by: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

A teenage girl has described how she met up with footballer Adam Johnson for a “thank you kiss and more” after he signed football shirts for her.

A video recording of the police interview with the girl was played at the former Sunderland winger’s trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Johnson, 28, denies two counts of sexual activity with the girl, who was 15-years-old at the time.

The jury watched the girl’s police interview on two large video screens in the court, in which she described how Johnson was her favourite player.

She said: “I got a message from Sunderland player Adam Johnson who I’d idolised for quite a while.”

The girl said that, after exchanging messages, she first met-up with Johnson on January 17 last year, when he signed two Sunderland shirts for her.

She then explained how the player continued to message her, talking about getting a “thank you kiss”.

“I was well up for it. It was a surreal type of thing,” she told the police officer.

“I met up with him again. I gave him his thank you kiss and more,” she said.

Last week, the jury heard how Johnson, of Castle Eden, Durham, admitted one count of sexual activity with a child and another of meeting a child following grooming.

Johnson denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child, which prosecutors have described as “more serious”.



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