The Adam Johnson trial had a "devastating effect" on his victim, the Crown Prosecution Service said after he was jailed for six years.
The former Sunderland player "exploited a young star-struck fan, actively grooming her over a number of months in single-minded pursuit of his own sexual gratification", the CPS added.
He gave no thought to this girl’s interests or welfare during that time or at any point since, repeatedly denying any wrongdoing for nearly 11 months until his trial began.
We should all be clear that there is only one victim in this case, the 15-year-old girl he sexually assaulted.
This situation had a devastating effect on the young victim and it is my sincere hope that she and her family will be granted the respect and space they deserve, to recover and rebuild their lives.
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