Former Sunderland and English national team player Adam Johnson was found guilty on one count of engaging in sexual activity with a minor on Wednesday, according to the BBC.
The Jury at Bradford Crown Court found Johnson guilty of sexually touching a 15-year-old girl. The jury also found him not guilty on an oral sex charge.
Johnson, 28, had previously pleaded guilty to two lesser charges of grooming and kissing in a sexual manner.
The girl, whom Johnson first met on July 30, 2015 after agreeing to sign jerseys for her, told the court that Johnson put his hand down her pants.
“The club only became aware of the change of plea, in relation to two of the four counts on the indictment, on the first day of the trial, after hearing it reported through the media,” the statement said. “The club was not advised in advance that Mr. Johnson would plead guilty to any offence. Had the club known that Mr. Johnson intended to plead guilty to any of these charges, then his employment would have been terminated immediately. Indeed, upon learning of the guilty plea on 11 February 2016, the club acted quickly and decisively in terminating Adam Johnson’s contract without notice.”
According to his counsel, Johnson will appeal the guilty verdict.