|Adam Johnson was jailed for six years (Picture: PA Wire)|
Police have given harassment warnings to five people who targeted the victim of paedophile footballer Adam Johnson. Among those given a warning was Steven Knox, the ex-boyfriend of Johnson’s sister Faye, The Mirror reports.
Pictures of the victim were posted online, causing her a ‘considerable deal of distress’. It is illegal to identify the victims of sexual offences.
Four other people have been spoken to by police.
Johnson was jailed for six years after his conviction for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15. Judge Jonathan Rose said: ‘I am satisfied that (the girl) has suffered severe psychological harm and have no doubt that I should take this into account.’
He added: ‘You had every opportunity to enter guilty pleas to the matters you finally admitted to the court but you chose not to do so, and one consequence of that is that (the girl) was regarded as a liar, by her peers and by the football supporters who would chant abuse about her.
‘Little wonder that by the time of this trial she had, in her words, endured a year of abuse, of being called a liar and other more graphic insults, and was deeply upset by what you had done to her and by her treatment, such that she required counselling and such that she reached the lowest ebb after she gave evidence.’
He added: ‘She speaks of entering many dark places in that year and said she had suffered bullying and stress and had underachieved at school as a result of the case.’
- Metro, UK