John­son sis­ter’s ex jailed for ha­rass­ing

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THE for­mer part­ner of foot­baller Adam John­son’s sis­ter has been jailed for 16 weeks for ha­rass­ing the ex-Eng­land ace’s child sex vic­tim in a series of Face­book posts.

Steven Knox, ( above) 30, of Sun­der­land, caused the 15-year-old dis­tress by post­ing pho­tos of her on­line and urg­ing oth­ers to share them af­ter John­son ( be­low) was con­victed of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with the child.

Un­em­ployed Knox ig­nored a ha­rass­ment warn­ing by the po­lice and con­tin­ued to post about the girl, who as the vic­tim of a sex crime was en­ti­tled to life­long anonymity.

Knox, who has a child with John­son’s sis­ter Faye, ap­peared be­fore Peter­lee JPs to ad­mit the charge.

District Judge Ka­t­rina Har­ri­son said: “The bot­tom line seems to me that if peo­ple are al­lowed to get away with what he did in this par­tic­u­lar case, it’s point­less hav­ing the rule of law.”

Ms John­son, who sat at the back of the court with her father, wept as her ex-part­ner was led away.

John­son was jailed for six years af­ter he ad­mit­ted he had kissed and sex­u­ally touched the girl in his Range Rover.

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