English football star Adam Johnson loses court appeal after child sex offences

Adam Johnson was jailed for six years for child sex offences.
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Adam Johnson was jailed for six years for child sex offences.

English footballer Adam Johnson has lost an appeal against his conviction for child sex offences.

Johnson, 28, was jailed in March for six years for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, who was a fan of the footballer.

Johnson's sister Faye posted a message on Twitter, saying: "Absolutely devastated that the single judge has rejected my brother's appeal against sentence and conviction.

"But I can assure every supporter that it has made me stronger and I will never give up."

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At Johnson's trial at Bradford Crown Court, evidence was given that he kissed and sexually touched the girl in his Range Rover in County Durham.

Johnson was also arrested for possessing extreme pornography, the Press Association reported.

Judge Jonathan Rose said he was satisfied the girl had suffered "severe psychological harm" and that Johnson had taken advantage of "a young teenager's adoration of a successful celebrity".

Faye Johnson, who set up an appeal page on Facebook, said the page had been temporarily removed "but will be back up and running very soon with the link to my website".

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"Thank you to everyone for your continued support daily it means a lot and keeps me going."

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