Disgraced ex- footballer Adam Johnson expected to be released from South Yorkshire prison today
Disgraced former footballer Adam Johnson is expected to be released from prison on Friday after serving three years for child sex offences.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan in 2016.
Johnson, who was capped 12 times and scored twice for England, has been held at HMP Moorland near Doncaster after causing his victim "severe psychological harm".
His trial at Bradford Crown Court heard how the now 31-year-old kissed and sexually touched the girl in his Range Rover, in a secluded spot in County Durham, on January 30 2015.
Judge Jonathan Rose said Johnson's offending happened when he met the girl for a second time after exchanging hundreds of social media messages with her.
The first time they met he gave her a signed football shirt and, when they met again, he asked for his "thank you kiss".
Johnson admitted kissing the girl but denied the girl's claim that he touched her inside her pants and how she then performed oral sex on him.
A jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to "digital penetration" but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.
He had already admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to kissing and also of grooming the girl.
The judge said Johnson had lied repeatedly, referring to the controversy over whether he delayed his guilty pleas to enable him to continue his £60,000-a-week career with Sunderland.
As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.
The children's services department from the local council may also carry out risk assessments in relation to Johnson's daughter Ayla, and could prevent Johnson from spending time alone with his daughter.