Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson’s trial over an alleged child sex charge is set to start at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday morning.
The 28-year-old England player has so far denied three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming after he attended a hearing on 3rd August, 2015. Johnson is however accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl following his arrest in March last year.
During that first hearing at Durham Crown Court, Judge Christopher Prince declared the trail would again take place on 10th February, 2016. Details of the first hearing were not reported other than to say a legal one and administrative matters that were covered.
However, the alleged incident of sexual activity is said to have happened in January 2015 while the incidents of grooming is claimed to have taken place between December 2014 and February 2015. The defendant, from County Durham, has had his case moved from Durham to Bradford.
Adam Johnson, from Castle Eden of Durham County, arrived at court this morning amid a media scrum, with his partner Stacey Flounders.
He came out of Newcastle United’s Centre of Excellence before starting his career at Middlesbrough, while making senior debut at the age of 17 in 2005 in the UEFA Cup.
Since departing from Manchester City for Sunderland in a £10m deal in 2012, he has so far played more than 140 matches for Southampton and even scored in their impressive 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Saturday.
The former Easington Community Science College student has also tried his luck at various levels for England, earning 12 international caps.
Johnson was however arrested at his £1.5m home back in March, seven weeks after his girlfriend, Ms Flounders, was said to have given birth to their daughter, Ayla.