Adam Johnson has been warned he faces a "significant" jail term after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child. The jury at Bradford Crown Court cleared the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger on one count of sexual activity with a child, but found him guilty on another on a majority verdict of 10-2.
Johnson has said he will appeal the guilty verdict.
Judge Jonathan Rose said his preliminary view was that the case falls into the category of a five-year prison sentence with a range of four to 10 years. He said: "The defendant must understand there is a very high probability of a significant custodial sentence."
The England international is expected to be sentenced in two to three weeks and has been bailed in the meantime.
Johnson earlier admitted charges of grooming a 15-year-old girl and sexual activity with the teenager, relating to kissing her, but denied the two more serious charges of sexual activity with a child. The charges arose from a meeting between Johnson and the girl in his car in County Durham on January 30 last year.
There was no obvious reaction to the verdict from Johnson, who was sitting in the dock with two security guards. He looked at the jury with no expression as they left the court. Just before he left the dock, Judge Rose told Johnson that being released on bail meant he could get his "affairs in order".
He said: "You can say goodbye to your daughter. A prison sentence will mean you will not see her for some time." Explaining his bail conditions, the judge said Johnson would be "well advised to stay well away from social media".