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Adam Johnson (England and Sunderland footballer)

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YonicScrewdriver Mon 18-May-15 12:58:13

Johnson has been charged with sexual activity with a child (aged 15) and grooming.

I will watch the case with interest.

sausageeggbacon11 Mon 18-May-15 13:01:29

Money speaks very loudly in this case, even though he has been charged because the club he plays for is fighting for survival in the Premier League he has continued to play and has been very involved in the games in the last couple of weeks.

Bair Mon 18-May-15 13:19:25

I saw that they had moved his court date so he could play. I did wonder how common this was and if this is an instance of money talking as sausage said.

YonicScrewdriver Mon 18-May-15 13:21:15

Really, Bair?

I guess it's possible for people in regular jobs too.

thedancingbear Mon 18-May-15 13:46:28

Hmm. On one hand I hope they chuck the book at him if found guilty. But I see no legal or moral basis for preventing him from working whilst his trial is pending.

YonicScrewdriver Mon 18-May-15 13:54:29

bear, it's up to an employer, isn't it, whether to suspend someone when they have been charged with an offence?

Wishful80smontage Mon 18-May-15 13:59:10

His partner is standing by him they had a 7 week old baby when he was arrested so he was grooming this child and having sexual activity with her whisk this partner was expecting so she's overlooking both aspects of this.
Sadly his victim has been widely named on social media I hope the police are able to put a stop to that so this girl can start moving forward.

Bair Mon 18-May-15 14:09:30

But I see no legal or moral basis for preventing him from working whilst his trial is pending.

I agree as long as he's not allowed near vulnerable people, but given a lot of people work Mon-Fri as do the courts I wonder if exceptions are made whenever possible for those in work or if this case is the exception.

VikingVolva Mon 18-May-15 14:18:00

He's been granted bail until the next court appearance date (early June).

Those who named complainants on social media in previous cases were prosecuted. I hope that happens again.

AuntieStella Mon 18-May-15 14:20:12

I don't think they'll have moved his court dates because of his occupation. This was an appearance before magistrates, next is crown court.

That's completely routine.

(of have I missed something?)

Bair Mon 18-May-15 15:54:41

Going from the local newspaper Auntie

Here is link in full quote below.

'The 27-year-old is due to appear at Peterlee Magistrates Court today after his court date was moved forward 48 hours to avoid clashing with Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal.'

A rather depressing article, the focus on Sunderland's fight against relegation.

sausageeggbacon11 Wed 20-May-15 20:40:19

Nice to see the Arsenal fans booing Johnson every time he touches the football. There are millions of £ riding on Sunderland staying in the Premiership so the Sunderland fans won't care if Johnson helps keep them up, wrong sort of role model. And there in lies the problem of allowing role models to continue working. Not because of the job but because of the example he sets he should not be playing. Still the boys are booing as well now.

WhirlpoolGalaxyM51 Wed 20-May-15 22:20:42

The opposition fans booing doesn't mean anything though surely.

If it were an Arsenal player, they'd be cheering, and whoever they were playing against would be booing.

I hope they throw the book at everyone who has named or repeated the name of the 15yo.

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sausageeggbacon11 Thu 21-May-15 08:10:51

Whirl, Arsenal fans rarely boo players and usually hold this only for ex Arsenal players or cheats. The only other player booed in the game was Defoe and he use to lay for Arsenal's main local rivals. Apart from that Johnson was the only player targeted. With Sunderland staying up Johnson has hero status amongst Sunderland fans.

DanaBarrett Fri 22-May-15 07:52:45

Have to say the general concenus round here is that he has 'bloody idiot' status at best tbh!

PuffinsAreFictitious Fri 22-May-15 08:11:36

I'd agree he's a bloody idiot for raping a 15 year old.

DanaBarrett Fri 22-May-15 08:20:16

Believe me it'll get upgraded to <insert offensive description here> when/if he's convincted. It really depends on the facts of the case, the way it was reported locally, it was very drip-fed and although there's absolutely no excusing any of it, it was first presented as him having met her in a local nightclub first of all. I think the majority of mackems are waiting for judgement first (unusual, I admit) before passing their own judgement, but local hero he ain't.

dinneruwa Sat 23-May-15 19:19:43

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NoTechnologicalBreakdown Sat 23-May-15 19:52:02

Dinneruwa, I have no idea about the facts of that case, but you do realise it has no relevance to this one? If an older male, especially one in a position of social power, has been grooming and engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl then it is legally rape.

Keep your goads to yourself.

PrettyInPinkPan Sat 23-May-15 19:59:33

dinneruwa is a banned poster.

NoTechnologicalBreakdown Sat 23-May-15 20:04:42

Ah, just realised. He has been bored tonight hasn't he. It's a shame some people have so little life that they have to spend it in this sort of pettiness. Poor dear.

DanaBarrett Sat 23-May-15 20:15:53

That poor guy, the woman should be charged with at very least wasting police time.

However I somehow doubt the Adam Johnson case is the same. There are obviously a lot of rumours flying around, but as I understand it, if true, he knew full well what he was doing and with whom. He won't get off lightly in anyway. I've literally seen houses burned for much less around here.

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