Footballer Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sex with under-age girl

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Johnson (right) playing for Manchester City in 2010.
Image: Roger Gorączniak.

English footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a girl under the age of 16. Johnson, who currently plays for Sunderland A.F.C. , was arrested yesterday morning at his home. Durham Police confirmed they had arrested a "27-year-old man [...] on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16."

A neighbour of Johnson's spoke to The Sun newspaper about the arrest. They said "All the main activity was between 9.15am and 9.35am. Three undercover cars and a scenes of crime van arrived. As far as I know he lives there with his girlfriend".

He was due to travel with his club to face Hull on Tuesday night in the English Premier League. However since the news of his arrest broke Sunderland AFC have released a statement confirming his suspension. The club said "Sunderland AFC has confirmed Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation."

Johnson has made 105 appearances for Sunderland having previously played for Middlesbrough, Leeds United, and Manchester City. He has represented England on 12 occasions and scored two goals for the national team. He last played for the England National Team in 2012.