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DIS­GRACED foot­baller Adam John­son has launched a fresh ap­peal against his six-year sen­tence for groom­ing and en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a be­sot­ted teenage fan.

The 29-year-old was jailed in March last year af­ter be­ing con­victed of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a 15-year-old in a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

His case will be heard on Fe­bru­ary 28 at the Court of Ap­peal, where he will ap­ply for per­mis­sion from the full court to ap­peal against his con­vic­tion.

John­son had a pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal re­fused by a sin­gle judge in July.

His sis­ter, Faye John­son, who has led a cam­paign to have his con­vic­tion over­turned, tweeted: “Pleased that we now have a date for Adam’s ap­peal against con­vic­tion and sen­tence. he was ar­rested which in­di­cated he may have been suf­fer­ing from sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.

Trial judge Jonathan Rose was sat­is­fied the girl had suf­fered “se­vere psy­cho­log­i­cal harm” and that John­son had taken ad­van­tage of “a young teenager’s ado­ra­tion of a suc­cess­ful celebrity”.

John­son ad­mit­ted an­other charge of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child and groom­ing the girl.

His con­vic­tion led Sun­der­land to say the club was “so very sorry” for let­ting down the 15-year-old fan.

And it also led to the res­ig­na­tion of Sun­der­land AFC chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­garet Byrne, af­ter she ad­mit­ted “a se­ri­ous er­ror of judg­ment” in ad­vis­ing the board that the star could carry on play­ing af­ter he was ini­tially sus­pended.

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