Former England, Manchester City and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has lodged an appeal against his six-year prison sentence, which he received for engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 15.
The 28-year-old was jailed last month following a trial at Bradford Crown Court. During the trial judge Jonathan Rose said that Johnson had caused his victim “severe psychological harm”. At the trial the court also heard about how he had exchanged hundreds of social media messages with the teenager, before encouraging her to delete them.
Johnson had already begun an appeal against his conviction for touching the girl intimately, the one offence for which he was found guilty. He had previously admitted to grooming the girl and a separate, less serious charge of sexual activity. An official at the court confirmed that Johnson’s legal team had lodged an appeal against his sentence.
The shamed footballer’s sister Faye, who runs the Adam Johnson’s Appeal Fight page on Facebook, posted “Adam’s appeal against his sentence has now been lodged! Thanks everyone for your support it means a lot! X”.
The page also displays a picture of a letter from her brother, in which he states “Tell the fans thanks for the support from me… and the letters”. The appeal has been “liked” by more than 8,00 people.
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