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Sunderland's Johnson charged with sex offences

23 April 2015, 18:30

London - Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 and one of grooming, Durham Police said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old England international attended a police station to answer his bail, where he was charged, Durham Police said.

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He was initially arrested on Monday March 2, and will appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court in County Durham, north-east England, next month.

Johnson was initially suspended by Sunderland pending the outcome of a police investigation but, after consultations with the Professional Footballers' Association, he was allowed to resume training and has been a regular for Premier League strugglers Sunderland this season.

Johnson, capped 12 times by England, began his career with Middlesbrough and returned to his native north-east in 2012 when he joined Sunderland from Manchester City in a 10 million ($15 million, 13 million euros) deal.

Sunderland, just a point above the relegation zone, are away to Stoke on Saturday.



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