|Adam Johnson, pictured, has submitted an application to work in the gym of his Leeds prison|
Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has submitted an application to work in the gym of his Leeds prison. The sex offender, who earned £60,000 before his conviction, hopes to land a £11.50-a-week gig as an orderly in the complex's sports centre, thought to be among the best jobs a prisoner can obtain. Should he land the role, where tasks would include maintaining gym equipment and giving work-out advice, the 28-year-old would spend the majority of his day outside of his cell at Armley Prison.
A source told the The Sun: 'The authorities like to place people with certain skills in relevant jobs. Johnson's knowledge of health and fitness will be invaluable in the gym. 'Nevertheless, his having such a position will upset a lot of people. The idea of Johnson living a cushy life in jail, and being paid for it, will grate. It doesn't sound like punishment.' It is understood that Johnson would first have to achieve a higher prisoner status, possibly taking several weeks, before he is allowed to work at the gym.
The job application comes after the former Sunderland winger was visited in prison by his former girlfriend Stacey Flounders for the first time. The 26-year-old mother of Johnson's daughter Ayla Sofia was pictured arriving at Armley Prison in Leeds on Friday and was joined by the sex offender's father David and sister Faye. The trip was thought to be the first family visit to see Johnson since he was imprisoned last month having been convicted of sexual activity with an underage girl.
Johnson’s devastated ex-girlfriend opened up about the emotional damage his actions had caused her following the end of his trial. She revealed how she wanted a family with the former Manchester City player but could not live with the reality of his crimes.
|Johnson’s devastated ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders, pictured right, opened up in court about the emotional damage his actions had caused her|
The judge said the offence was aggravated by the fact Johnson took the girl to a dark place, tried to conceal his crimes and the impact on his victim, who now suffers 'night terrors' and needs therapy.Sentencing Johnson, the judge said the footballer had shown no remorse for what he had done, adding: 'This will be your first prison sentence, this is all entirely your fault.'
|Should Johnson land the role, the 28-year-old would spend the majority of his day outside of his cell at Leeds' Armley Prison, pictured|
'You are trusted by young fans to behave properly,' he added. 'You were a respected Sunderland footballer, that is why you were able to commit these offences.' The judge said the victim had been a Sunderland fan who would wait after matches to take pictures of her 'favourite player', Johnson, who had known her age. He added: 'That was known to you - to put it another way she had only just turned 15 when you began grooming her, because as you were to admit you found her sexually attractive.'
Johnson will serve half of his sentence in prison before being freed to spend the rest on licence. He will be on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.
- Daily Mail