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British soccer star pleads guilty to having sex with child, grooming

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Adam Johnson arrives with girlfriend Stacey Flounders at the Crown Court on February 10, 2016 in Bradford, England. The Sunderland FC midfielder, aged 28 and from Castle Eden, County Durham, is on trial having previously denied three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming. He has one daughter. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Adam Johnson arrives with girlfriend Stacey Flounders at the Crown Court on February 10, 2016 in Bradford, England. The Sunderland FC midfielder, aged 28 and from Castle Eden, County Durham, is on trial having previously denied three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming. He has one daughter. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

BRADFORD, England --

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty in court to one count of sexual activity with a child and another of grooming.

The 28-year-old Johnson, who has made 12 appearances for England, denies two charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.

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The former Manchester City player, who joined Sunderland in 2012 for 10 million pounds (now about $14.5 million), appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.