Adam Johnson trial: Jury shown ‘groin area’ pictures

Date published: Friday 19th February 2016 12:40

Adam Johnson: Found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child but was cleared on a second count

Adam Johnson: Found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child but was cleared on a second count

The jury in the trial of Adam Johnson has been shown a photograph of the Sunderland player’s “groin area”.

Jury members were handed a series of images during the evidence of forensic computer expert Paul Hunton at Bradford Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kate Blackwell QC told the jury the pictures had been downloaded from Johnson’s iPhone.

She said they were a “series of images of the defendant himself and one separate photograph of his groin area”.

The jury of eight women and four men has heard that the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger has admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl in his Range Rover on January 30.

Johnson has also admitted grooming the girl but denies that more serious sexual conduct took place between the pair in his car.

Dr Hunton told the jury that a Google search for “legal age of consent” was made on Johnson’s phone four days after he met the girl on January 30.

He described how he examined an iPhone 6 from Johnson’s house and verified that a series of web pages were accessed on February 3 last year.

Dr Hunton said the Google search for “legal age of consent” was followed by another web address which appeared to show the user had clicked on a result which took him to the www.mirror.co.uk website.

He said the search result clicked on appeared to be “What is the age of consent around the world? From Angola at 12 to Bahrain at 21.”

The expert said the next webpage accessed on the phone appeared to be another search result, this time on the BBC website.

He said the link was titled “BBC Radio 1. BBC Advice. Age of Consent.”

Johnson sat in the dock wearing a blue suit, white shirt and grey tie, listening to Dr Hunton.

The player has pleaded guilty to one count of grooming the teenager and another of sexual activity with a child.

He denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child.

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