A court heard that Adam Johnson, footballer manipulated 15-year-old girl, who is a Sunderland AFC fan, to carry out sexual activity.
The prosecution at Bradford Crown Court stated that the evidence presented by the winger is full of deceit and lies.
The 28-year-old admitted that he kissed and groomed the girl but he denies allegations that he engaged in more serious sex acts.
The alleged incidents are said to have taken place in Adam Johnson’s Range Rover car.
The prosecutor, Kate Blackwell, said that WhatsApp chats between the two showed that the footballer was guiding the girl into a case of grooming.
In a closing speech by the prosecution, Blackwell said that Mr. Johnson had pretty much everything but h cheated on his girlfriend, Stacey Flounders, in a manner that depicted “exceptional duplicity.”
Miss Blackwell further informed the court that the claims by Mr. Johnson that his actions did not go past kissing were “preposterous.”
She added that he is a man that is used to lying time and again.
On speaking to the jury, the prosecutor informed that the evidence the girl presents is inconsistent but included that as much as she is not a young child, she is also not a sophisticated adult.
“All the dressing in the world is not enough to mature a girl. She might think she knows a lot but there is still more for her to learn.”
Blackwell noted that no evidence existed that could paint the girl as having made the allegations so as to get Mr. Johnson into any form of trouble. She said that it is her parents that decided to report the incidence to the police.
The allegations reaffirmed earlier allegations in which he did not plea guilty of grooming the girl were meant to allow him continue with his football career.
She said that as much as he was allowed to continue playing for his club does not mean he had the green light to lie to the court.
In the closing speech, Orlando Pownall said that whichever verdict that the court will make, every person is a loser.
“Whatever has happened has affected the girl and as much as you may think of it in any way, she was a child and needed protection.”
“Mr. Johnson on the other hand, will be made accountable for his actions. The sponsors have dropped him. In addition, he will be scrutinized both publicly and privately.” She said.
Sunderland AFC sacked Mr. Johnson. The court heard that he used to earn EUR 60,000 per week. The sacking happened after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity and grooming with a child.
He has denied other two allegations.
Mr. Johnson started his career at Middleborough after which he transferred to Manchester City and then to Sunderland in 2012. Between 2010-2012, he has won 12 England caps.
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