Johnson admits ‘I wasn’t a good person’

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The former Sunderland footballer was arrested in March last year

Ex-Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has admitted he “wasn’t a good person to his girlfriend or his daughter”.

He has begun giving evidence in his trial at Bradford Crown Court, accused of sexual activity with a child.

Mr Johnson admits kissing the teenager at the centre of the case and an offence of grooming, but denies two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Replying to questions from his defence barrister, Mr Johnson, 28, also admitted he had texted “other women”.

Orlando Pownall QC defending, asked Mr Johnson: “You pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and meeting a child following sexual grooming. Did you accept kissing (the girl)?”

The footballer said: “Yes.”

Mr Pownall continued: “Did you digitally interfere with her or indulge in oral sex with her?”

The winger, capped 12 times by England, answered: “No, I never.”

Born in Sunderland, Mr Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then on to Sunderland for £10m in 2012.

The footballer has previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming. He was sacked by Sunderland as a result.

The trial continues.

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