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Published: 14:24 | 24/3/16

Johnson sentenced to six years

Adam Johnson has been sentenced to six years in prison for grooming an sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Johnson was found guilty of the offences at Bradford Crown Court earlier this month and returned to the courthouse on Friday to learn his fate.

After being found guilty, the judge had warned the former Sunderland football to expect a lengthy prison sentence and on Thursday Jonathan Rose imposed a six-year term.

As he passed his sentence, the judge told Johnson that his victim had "suffered severe psychological harm"

Referring to the girl's age, the judge said: "That was known to you - to put it another way she had only just turned 15 when you began grooming her, because as you were to admit you found her sexually attractive.

"You continued in your grooming of this girl even after you were engaged in sexual activity with her. You wanted no one to know that you and she were exchanging messages.

"You asked her to find a place to meet that was private and secluded so no one would see you in her company.

"You made a deliberate decision to engage in sexual activity with this young girl, no doubt in the expectation that you would get away with it."

Johnson showed no emotion as he was sentenced.

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