Adam Johnson pleads guilty to child sex charges – Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to kissing a 15-year old girl and grooming her over the internet.
Johnson, 28, pleaded guilty to the charges in a Bradford Crown Court, but pleaded not guilty to two other charges.
Johnson, who joined Sunderland in 2012, had been banned by the club following his arrest in March 2015, but the ban was later reversed.
When asked by the court if he was guilty of “intentionally touching the complainant in a sexual way knowing that she was under 16,” the former Manchester City winger replied: “Guilty, yeah.”
A panel of prospective jurors were sworn in, and the trial is expected to begin soon.