The 27-year-old Sunderland winger and former England international Adam Johnson was arrested at his house in County Durham on Monday morning for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl. The age of consent in England is 16, and if the girl is underage, the law sees it as sexual assault, handing down a maximum sentence of two years in prison if the girl is 13-15 years old.
A Durham Police spokesperson said: “A 27 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16. He remains in police custody.”
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Sunderland has yet to make a comment on the incident.