Adam Johnson trial: Durham Police issues warning over identifying sex offence victim

Adam Johnson's trial will resume at Bradford Crown Court tomorrow.
Adam Johnson's trial will resume at Bradford Crown Court tomorrow.

Durham Police has issued further legal guidance to members of the public ahead of Adam Johnson's trial resuming.

The Sunderland winger is accused of two counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16. Jurors will begin to hear his case tomorrow morning at Bradford Crown Court.

The force has reiterated that anyone who identifies someone who may or may not be a victim of a sexual offence is committing a criminal act.

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Victims of sexual assault are guaranteed the legal right to lifetime anonymity and publishing any details, including on social media, which may lead to their identification, is contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, police said.

Durham Constabulary is urging social media users to take care with what they post - and reminding people that anyone who breaks the law will be dealt with robustly.

Johnson, 28, yesterday admitted one count of meeting a girl under 16 following sexual grooming, and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He has denied two further offences of sexual activity with a child, and will stand trial on these charges. A jury has been sworn in, and will return to court at 10.30am tomorrow.