Following the guilty verdict in his trial for grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a 15 year old, Adam Johnson was back in the dock today to find out how long he would be going to jail for. The answer was six years.
Here’s what Judge Jonathan Rose had to say:
She had only just turned 15 when you began to groom her because you found her sexually attractive.
You were testing the waters.
I must conclude that the seemingly innocuous exchanges were all part of the grooming process to win her confidence.
You were not satisfied after the first instance of sexual activity and continued to send messages. These messages clearly indicate that you wanted further sexual activity with her.
You had every opportunity to enter guilty pleas.
All of this is entirely your own responsibility and fault.
Your standing and your offending are the only reason that this child has suffered abuse far beyond what would normally be expected in a case such as this..
I am satisfied that the girl suffered serious psychological harm.
The only reason you were able to carry out your offending was because you were at the time a successful footballer for Sunderland.
Johnson was also ordered to pay £50,000 towards the prosecution’s legal fees, received a restraining order from the victim and was stripped of his England caps. He’ll now head to the slammer but is going to appeal the verdict – a process which could take up to 8 months.
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Psychologist Philip Hopley also spoke today at the sentencing to describe Johnson’s mindset and came out with this rather bizarre statement:
Adam Johnson’s verbal comprehension is pretty low – in the lowest 13% of the population.
This was a man at the age of 28 who was socially and psychologically immature.
As a young man he was somewhat retarded [in his physical development], he was very small and hit puberty very late at 16. His confidence and self esteem were impacted.
This has had a significant impact on his sexual habits.
Wow. So Adam Johnson is a dumbass with a small dick, which is why he thought it was OK to try and have sex with everything that moved, including underage girls. Who would have thought it?
Apparently Johnson is going to continue seeing Hopley during his time in jail to try and understand his sexual urges, so at least he’s giving the appearance of trying to reform himself I suppose. He probably needs to as well, because he’s being sent to one of the most dangerous prisons in the country and is already paying for protection whilst he’s there. Not going to be the most fun six years of his life I imagine.