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Premier League footballer charged with child sex offences

Adam Johnson will appear in court on child sex charges next month
Adam Johnson will appear in court on child sex charges next month

Footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

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

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

The winger, who has played 12 times for England, was initially suspended and then reinstated by his club after being arrested at his mansion in leafy Castle Eden, County Durham.

Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

After his bail was previously extended by police, the decision was taken to allow him to return to play for Sunderland while the investigation continued.