- Adam Johnson, former Man City and Sunderland star has regained freedom after three years in prison
- The 31-year-old has been in incarceration since 2016 after being found guilty of sexually abusing a minor in relation to "digital penetration"
- Johnson last featured for the Black Cats in the 2015-16 season where he scored two Premier League goals and five assists in 19 matches
Former Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson has finally been released from prison having spent the last three years behind bars for child sexual offences.
The ex-England football star was handed a six-year jail term after being found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan in 2016.
Johnson, 31, however regained freedom in the early hours of Friday after spending three years at the HM Prison Moorland.
He was said to have been driven in a people carrier with blacked-out rear windows to his mansion in County Durham.
Dave Johnson, Adam's father told reporters expressed his delight to have his son back home, adding that he will release a statement later on.
During investigation, the former Sunderland star was said to have admitted kissing the girl involved but insisted he never touched her private parts, nor did she perform oral sex on him.
Sky Sports reports that Adam was found guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to "digital penetration" but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.
The judge accused the midfielder of repeatedly lying to the court in a bid to preserve his £60,000-a-week career with Sunderland.
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As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.
The children's services department from the local council may also carry out risk assessments in relation to Johnson's daughter Ayla, and could prevent Johnson from spending time alone with his daughter.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has been sentenced to six years in jail for grooming and having sexual activities with a girl aged 15.
The 28-year-old was found culpable of sexually molestation but cleared of one charge relating to another sexual act following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
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