Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson appealing conviction
Footballer Adam Johnson has launched an appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a child.
The sacked Sunderland and former England player was jailed for six years after grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan.
He was sentenced earlier this month at Bradford Crown Court, where an official said yesterday: "He has lodged an appeal against conviction."
The case will be sent to a higher court in London for consideration, the official added. She confirmed no appeal against the sentence had been lodged.
On the Adam Johnson's Appeal Fight page on Facebook, a writer thought to be the player's sister, Faye, wrote: "Appeal against conviction lodged. Appeal against sentence is imminent this week.
"Awaiting confirmation for when my website can go live. Updates will follow. Thanks to everyone for your continued support it means a lot. I will never give up."
The appeal page has been "liked" by more than 7,200 people since it went live.
Johnson was convicted of kissing and molesting the teenager in his Range Rover after meeting her to give her a signed football shirt.
She was said to be infatuated with him, but she later confessed to her parents what had happened after being attacked on social media.
Johnson pleaded guilty to kissing the girl but not guilty to the more serious sexual activity, forcing his victim to give evidence at his trial.
The case also sparked a row over whether his former club should have sacked him earlier.
Passing sentence, Judge Jonathan Rose said Johnson had caused his victim "severe psychological harm".