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Adam Johnson says he ‘deeply regrets’ actions that led to imprisonment

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The former Sunderland and Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson has said he “deeply regrets” his actions after he was freed from prison where he served three years for child sex offences.

Johnson, who played for England 12 times, said on Tuesday he wanted to move on with his life after engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

The 31-year-old was released from prison on 22 March after serving half of his six-year prison sentence.

He admitted two charges relating to kissing the girl and meeting her with intent after grooming her.

And he was convicted by a jury of a further offence of sexual activity with a child when they met in his Range Rover in 2015, a conviction which he unsuccessfully attempted to overturn.

In a statement to the Press Association on Tuesday, Johnson said he “would like to take this opportunity to publicly express my remorse for my actions” which “led to my conviction and imprisonment”.

“I am very sorry for the effect my conduct had on those directly and indirectly involved. It should never have happened and I deeply regret what I did,” he added.

“I now want to concentrate on the future and want to demonstrate through my actions that I am committed to repaying them for their support.”

Asked whether the future for Johnson meant a return to football, his father Dave Johnson said: “No comment.”

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