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Teen met Adam Johnson for 'thank you kiss and more'

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A teenage girl has described how she met up with England footballer Adam Johnson for a "thank you kiss and more" after he signed football shirts for her.

The girl described how Johnson exchanged WhatsApp messages with her after their first meeting, saying "you owe me for this" and "am I going to get a thank you kiss?".

The teenager said that at the second meeting, in the player's Range Rover, Johnson said to her: "I've come for my thank you kiss."

She said that she eventually told him "go on then", and they began kissing.

"I was kissing him for quite a while," the girl said. "He undid the button on my trousers. It took him a while to do that.

"He got his hand down my trousers. He started to put his hands in my knickers."

The girl then described to the officer further sexual activity between the pair.

Later in the interview, the police officer asked the girl what Johnson knew about her.

She replied that the player knew how old she was, what school year she was in and where she sat at Sunderland matches. She said Johnson also knew her date of birth.

She said: "He asked me when I was 16."

Asked how she felt, the girl said: "As much as I expected it to happen, I was a bit shocked it had. I sort of knew I had done something wrong."

She then said: "It wasn't that I didn't want it or anything. I just knew it was wrong. I'm not one for being able to hold guilt."

The jury of eight women and four men was played a second police interview during which the teenager described more serious alleged sexual contact between her and Johnson.

She said this activity also happened during the pair's second meeting in his car, on January 30 last year.

The girl described again how Johnson allegedly put her hand on his trousers, over his groin.

She then described a sex act which she said only happened for three or four seconds.

The girl told the officer: "He said if I kept on going he would have to have sex with us and stuff like that."

The woman police officer asked her how she felt. She said: "Not very good. I was disappointed in myself."

The girl, who appeared to be wearing school uniform during this second interview at a police station in Durham, became tearful as she told the officer how she was feeling.

She had earlier described how she had tried to block out what had allegedly happened.

When the officer asked her why she did not mention the more serious sexual contact in the first interview, she said that there was evidence on text messages to back up everything else she said but not this sex act.

She also said that rumours had begun to circulate about the other sexual activity but not about this. She said she was worried that talking about it "would only make it worse".

"It was bad enough already," she said.

The teenager told the officer how she told her father about what happened because "I was getting upset".

"I don't like hiding things from my mum and dad," she said.

The girl broke down in tears and asked for a break when she was questioned over a video link by Orlando Pownall QC, defending, about why she had asked friends to lie about what happened.

The teenager could be seen sobbing on the screens in court about an hour into Mr Pownall's cross-examination.

Judge Jonathan Rose ordered a 10-minute break in proceedings.

Before the break, Mr Pownall had pressed her on why she had asked friends to lie for her and whether she had lied to the police about her use of mobile phones after the incident.

She said: "I wanted to keep him (Johnson) out of trouble. I didn't want to get him in more trouble than he was."

And the teenager added: "I was scared that people wouldn't believe me."

She said: "I didn't want to believe that it had happened."

The teenager told the jury: "I tried to forget about it. I was trying to live normally."

Just before the girl broke down, she told the barrister: "At the time I didn't realise it was wrong. I didn't realise what had gone on was wrong."

An hour earlier, opening his cross-examination of the girl, Mr Pownall said to her: "It is accepted that you have been seriously wronged by Adam Johnson."

The teenager was in tears as she agreed with the barrister that his client had pleaded guilty to "sexual activity with you and of meeting you for the purpose of sexual activity following grooming".

Mr Pownall said: "What this jury had to decide is the extent of that sexual activity which took place on 30th January last year."