On 3rd June 2015, 27 year old Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson appeared at Durham Crown Court accused of grooming a 15 year old girl over a period of two months at the beginning of a year, as well as three counts of sexual activity with her, all relating to one night in January.
Mr Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The charge of grooming is under s15 Sexual Offences Act 2003, with a maximum sentence of ten years. The other offences are under s9 Sexual Offences Act 2003 where the maximum sentence depends on the nature of the sexual activity.
The trial is scheduled to start on 24th August 2015, and Mr Johnson was released on bail until then. We won’t be saying any more at this stage, but it is likely that this trial will attract plenty of media attention.
We will come back to this one in August.