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Adam Johnson's arrest over 'extreme porn' revealed

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Adam Johnson entering court this morning
Adam Johnson entering court this morning

Former footballer Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan after a judge was told he was also arrested for possessing extreme pornography.

After Johnson was jailed at Bradford Crown Court, restrictions were lifted which have prevented the reporting of the 28-year-old's arrest in relation to alleged extreme pornographic images, thought to be bestiality-related, found on his computer.

The arrest was mentioned in hearings at Durham Crown Court prior to Johnson's trial. Durham Police confirmed he has now been released from his bail in relation to this matter and no further action will be taken.

It is understood the images found on the computer were of a "jokey" nature.

The pre-trial hearings also heard how police found medicines in a safe when Johnson was arrested which indicated he may have been suffering from sexually transmitted infections.

In court, judge Jonathan Rose told Johnson: "She had only just turned 15 when you began to groom her, because you found her sexually attractive even though you knew her to be just 15."

The judge told the court that Johnson Googled 'age of consent' because he wanted to know when it would be legal "to engage in sexual intercourse" with the teenager.

Judge Rose then told the court that Johnson is entitled to no more than a 10 per cent reduction in his sentence because of his late guilty plea and two child sex offences.

"All of this is entirely your own fault," said the judge.

Johnson was also ordered to pay £50,000 of prosecution's £67,132 costs.

Johnson was said to have had "embarked on an extensive social life involving sexual activity on a very frequent basis with a number of different partners."

The victim of the former Sunderland AFC winger suffered "severe psychological harm" because of his actions, the court heard.