Johnson admits ‘stupidity’ of kissing girl in court case

Footballer Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court.

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BRADFORD, England —

England soccer international Adam Johnson has told a court of his ”stupidity” in kissing a 15-year-old girl, but denies allegations of sexual contact with the teenager.

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Johnson, who is accused of sexual activity with a child, gave evidence Monday in his trial. The former Sunderland winger has admitted to kissing the teenager.

Johnson told the jury he knew kissing the girl was an offense, but didn’t realize that communicating with her with the intention of kissing her prior to a meeting was also an offense.

Junior prosecutor Daniel Thomas read a statement that Johnson had made for police.

He said Johnson admitted to kissing the girl ”fully on the lips” during a meeting in his car on Jan. 30 last year.