BRADFORD, England (AP) Former England soccer international Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for child sex offenses.
The former Manchester City and Sunderland winger showed no emotion as he was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday.
Judge Jonathan Rose said the 15-year-old girl “suffered severe psychological harm.”
Johnson pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual activity with the girl and another of “grooming” – building an emotional connection with a child to gain trust for sexual motives.
The 28-year-old Johnson denied two further charges of sexual activity with the schoolgirl and he was only found guilty of one of them by a jury earlier this month.
Johnson, who played 12 times for England, was sacked by Premier League club Sunderland in February.