Johnson gets six years in jail

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The 28-year-old, who was played for Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Sunderland, was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court today.

Judge Jonathan Rose was scathing of Johnson, saying: “She had only just turned 15 when you began grooming her, because, as you were to admit, you found her sexually attractive.”

He added that the footballer had caused his victim “severe psychological harm” and that there was “an abuse of trust – you are trusted by young fans to behave properly”.

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