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National League club deny links with disgraced footballer Adam Johnson

Jailed for sexual activity with a 15-year-old in 2015, disgraced ex-Premier League football Adam Johnson has today been linked with a move to National League side Hartlepool United when he leaves prison.

In March 2015, Johnson was arrested and charged over sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, with England’s age of consent being 16. Johnson continued to play for Sunderland during his bail. The following February, he pleaded guilty to two charges against him, the other being one of child grooming, and was subsequently sacked by Sunderland. In March 2016, Johnson was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to six years in prison.

However, a spokesperson the club has responded: “It’s news to us and we are not aware of any conversations that have been had

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