Rise and fall of Adam Johnson, a footballer jailed for sexual crime

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Adam Johnson was one of the best winger in the English league back then and was full of potential before he fell to the crime of defiling a teenager, this is the story of the English player.


Adam Johnson is an English professional footballer who played as a winger. He is product of the Middlesbrough youth academy, he came to prominence after making his debut aged 17. He made 120 appearances for Middlesbrough, also spending time on loan at Leeds United and Watford.

He made his senior début aged 17 on 17 March 2005 in the UEFA Cup in the 1–0 defeat away to Sporting CP which saw the club eliminated 4–2 on aggregate in the last 16, replacing Doriva for the last 11 minutes.

Almost six months later, on 10 September, he made his Premier League debut, and first senior start, deputising for the injured fellow academy product Stewart Downing in a 2–1 home win against Arsenal.

On 16 October 2006, he joined Leeds United on a month-long loan after being signed by Leeds’ caretaker manager John Carver, but with Leeds struggling in the Championship, it was hard for Johnson to impress despite getting the man of the match award on his debut.

In September 2007, Johnson joined Championship club Watford on a three-month loan. He played 12 matches for the club, scoring five times, before being recalled to Middlesbrough earlier than stipulated in the deal following some brilliant performances.

Johnson moved to Manchester City in February 2010, where he lifted the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League the following season. He was signed by his hometown club Sunderland for £10 million in 2012. Johnson played at various levels for England, earning 12 caps at senior level.

In December 2014, Johnson began communicating over social media with a 15-year-old female fan while his partner was pregnant. On 17 January of the following year, he met up with the girl in his Range Rover, where he signed two Sunderland shirts for her. Thirteen days later, they met again, and Johnson kissed the girl.

In March 2015, Johnson was arrested and charged over sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, with England’s age of consent being 16.

Johnson continued to play for Sunderland during his bail. The following February, he pleaded guilty to two charges against him, the other being one of child grooming, and was subsequently sacked by Sunderland. In March 2016, Johnson was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to six years in prison. He was released in 2019 after serving half his sentence.


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