Adam Johnson trial jury shown picture of player’s ‘groin’

The jury in the trial of footballer Adam Johnson has been shown a photograph of the England player’s “groin area”.
Adam Johnson trial jury shown picture of player’s ‘groin’

Jury members were handed a series of images during the evidence of forensic computer expert Paul Hunton at Bradford Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kate Blackwell told the jury the pictures had been downloaded from Johnson’s iPhone. She said they were a “series of images of the defendant himself and one separate photograph of his groin area”.

The jury of eight women and four men has heard the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger has admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl in his Range Rover on January 30. Johnson has also admitted grooming the girl but denies that more serious sexual conduct took place between the pair in his car.

Dr Hunton told the jury that a Google search for “legal age of consent” was made on Johnson’s phone four days after he met the girl on January 30.

He described how he examined an iPhone 6 from Johnson’s house and verified that a series of web pages were accessed on February 3 last year. Dr Hunton said the Google search for “legal age of consent” was followed by another web address which appeared to show the user had clicked on a result taking him to the website.

He said the search result clicked on appeared to be “What is the age of consent around the world? From Angola at 12 to Bahrain at 21.”

The player has pleaded guilty to one count of grooming the teenager and another of sexual activity with a child. He denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child.

Johnson was arrested at his home following the allegations made by the 15-year-old girl. Arresting officer, Detective Constable Kimberley Walton said she took the footballer to a games room in his home in Castle Eden, Durham, to arrest him, leaving his partner, Stacey Flounders, sitting on the stairs.

Det Con Walton agreed that Johnson’s partner said to him: “Who is she?” The officer agreed he replied: “It’s (the girl’s name). I just gave her a couple of shirts.”

The court heard Ms Flounders said: “How old is she?” to which Johnson replied: “Well, she said she was 16.”

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