Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has admitted to one count sexual activity, as well as one count of grooming.
The 28 year old was arrested in March 2015 after allegations had been made about him having a sexual relationship with a minor in the area of Castle Eden.
Although his case is to be formally opened on Friday, Johnson appeared in front of Bradford Crown Court earlier today. The England international, who has 12 caps for his country, denied two further accounts of sexual activities with those under the age of 16.
Johnson admitted in court of grooming the child between December 2014 and January 2015. He also admitted he met the child “without reasonably believing” she was above the legal age.
Johnson admitted further charges of touching the child “inappropriately”, but denied allegations of conducting sexual behaviour involving penetration. The maximum sentence for this offence is 14 years in jail.
Based on the current offences admitted, the winger could face a maximum of two years and 6 months in jail.
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the former Middlesbrough winger will continue to play for Sunderland whilst the trial is in progress. Johnson played for The Black Cats on Saturday, scoring a free kick to help rescue a point against Liverpool.