Teenage girl met England footballer Adam Johnson for ‘a kiss and more’

A teenage girl has described how she met up with England footballer Adam Johnson for a “thank you kiss and more” after he signed football shirts for her.

The girl’s account was given to police and the video recording of the interview was played at the former Sunderland player’s trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Johnson, 28, denies two counts of sexual activity with the girl, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident.

The jury watched the girl’s police interview, during which she said: “I got a message from Sunderland player Adam Johnson who I’d idolised for quite a while.”

She said that, after exchanging messages, she first met up with Johnson on January 17 last year when he signed two Sunderland shirts for her.

She then explained how the player continued to message her, talking about getting a “thank you kiss”.

“I was well up for it. It was a surreal type of thing,” she told police.

“I met up with him again. I gave him his thank you kiss and more.”

Johnson, of Castle Eden, Co Durham, has admitted one count of sexual activity with a child and another of meeting a child following grooming.

He denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child, which prosecutors have described as “more serious”.

Johnson sat in the dock watching the girl give her account on two large video screens in the court.

The girl described how Johnson exchanged WhatsApp messages with her after their first meeting, saying “you owe me for this” and “am I going to get a thank you kiss?”

The girl said that at the second meeting, in the player’s Range Rover, Johnson said to her: “I’ve come for my thank you kiss.”

She said she eventually told him “go on then”, and they began kissing.

“He undid the button on my trousers. It took him a while to do that,” she said.

“He got his hand down my trousers. He started to put his hands in my knickers.”

The girl then described to the officer further sexual activity between the pair.

Later in the interview, the officer asked the girl what Johnson knew about her.

She said he knew how old she was, what school year she was in, and where she sat at Sunderland matches.

She said Johnson also knew her date of birth. She said: “He asked me when I was 16.”

Asked how she felt, the girl said: “As much as I expected it to happen, I was a bit shocked it had. I sort of knew I had done something wrong.

“It wasn’t that I didn’t want it or anything. I just knew it was wrong. I’m not one for being able to hold guilt.”

In a second interview, the girl described more serious alleged sexual contact between her and Johnson.

She described how Johnson allegedly put her hand on his trousers, over his groin.

She then described a sex act which she said happened for three or four seconds.

The teenager told the officer how she told her father about what happened because “I was getting upset”.

The case continues.


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