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England soccer star Adam Johnson admits one count of sexual activity with child

REUTERS | 2016-02-10 15:26:52.0
Sunderland soccer player Adam Johnson (R) arrives with his girlfriend Stacey Flounders at Bradford Crown Court in Bradford, Britain February 10, 2016. Johnson is charged with four offences concerning sex with an under-age girl.
Image by: ANDREW YATES / REUTERS

England international Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Sunderland winger, who has played 12 times for England, also admitted one count of grooming a girl under the age of 16, a court official said.

Johnson, who began his career at Middlesbrough and also played for Manchester City, joined Sunderland for 10 million pounds in 2012 on a four-year contract.

He has been a regular for the Premier League side this season and scored in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last week.

The case is expected to last for two weeks.

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