Former Sunderland footballer, Adam Johnson, currently serving time in jail following his conviction for having sexual activity with a minor has lost his appeal to overturn his punishment.
The former England winger had admitted to allegations of grooming and a charge of sexual activity with the 15-year-old girl. He however denied having any sexual activity with her in his car when they met in County Durham.
And today, three judges at the Court of Appeal in London announced their decision after Johnson challenged both his conviction and six-year sentence.
Johnson’s lawyers had held that the judge had sentenced him to six years in jail because he was a famous and successful footballer. They said his social status had influenced the judge’s decision.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was found guilty by a jury in March last year of one offence of sexual activity with a child. He was cleared of one charge relating to another sexual act.