Adam Johnson signs autographs for young Sunderland during the warm up before his last home match Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Carefree Adam Johnson signs autographs for adoring young Sunderland fans - just days before his child sex trial began.
The picture of the shamed footballer mixing with children at his last home game at the Stadium of Light will further anger fans who believe the club should not have allowed him to carry on playing after he was arrested. It was taken on February 2, eight days before Johnson admitted grooming and sexually abusing a year-old fan at Bradford Crown Court.
Yesterday, the year-old was warned he faces up to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of a further charge of sexual activity with a child. In a highly emotional statement, his victim said Adam Johnson had been her "hero" but she now feels "used and let down by him. Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Furious Sunderland fans are demanding answers after Johnson said the club knew "everything" about his admissions - but let him carry on playing.
Sunderland insist all child protection measures were put in place after consultation with police following Johnson's arrest. Johnson was suspended by the club last March but allowed to return just 16 days later, despite having made serious admissions about what happened. His trial heard how Johnson's legal team gave copies of the Whatsapp messages he exchanged with the victim, a year-old Sunderland season ticket holder, to the Sunderland CEO Margaret Byrne in May But Johnson was only sacked after entering guilty pleas to two charges at the start of his trial last month.
Writing on a Sunderland fans forum, mum Leslie Riddle launched a scathing attack on the club. Adam Johnson sis by an overnight bag in his car after being found guilty of sexually abusing a fan Image: Johnson was told to "say goodbye" to his daughter ahead of an expected prison sentence Image: She [Margaret Byrne] had full knowledge and should leave.
I just hope to god they made sure he wasn't out signing shirts!!! North News The season ticket holder was part of a group of diehard fans who would regularly wait for Sunderland players and ask for autographs. Johnson was her favourite player and she had his name on the back of her shirt. But after being groomed for his perverted desires, the girl has endured an horrendous ordeal. Trolls repeatedly took to posting her name and picture online, despite the fact she is legally entitled to anonymity for life.
Durham Police has promised to prosecute anyone who reveals her identity. The court heard how the girl has had to endure being called a slag and a liar for months. Many Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to demand chief executive Margaret Byrne, a qualified solicitor, resign over the scandal. Bye bye board - every one inc owner.
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