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Adam Johnson has been capped 12 times by his country
Former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson would be a “bit of a paedophile” for going after a 15-year-old girl, a court has heard.
A teenager told Bradford Crown Court she had not believed her friend when she claimed she had a sexual encounter with the England international.
When asked why, the girl said: “Why would he? He’s a bit of a paedophile if he’s going for a 15…kids and that”.
Mr Johnson, 28, denies two counts of sexual activity with a child.
The witness, who cannot be identified because of her age, told the jury her friend showed her messages on her phone from the father of one.
Kate Blackwell QC, prosecuting, asked her why she did not think it was Mr Johnson.
The girl replied: “Cos he’s, however old he is.”
The court heard that Johnson set up a second Snapchat account so his girlfriend would not discover his activities.
Source:: BBC world news feed