Johnson begins appeal process against six-year sentence

Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison for child sex offenses.

Adam Johnson has begun an appeal against his six-year prison sentence for child sex offenses, court officials have said.

The former Sunderland player was jailed in March after he was convicted of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two other charges of kissing and grooming the girl, who was 15 at the time of the offences.

An official at Bradford Crown Court confirmed Johnson’s legal team has lodged an appeal against the sentence.

The 28-year-old has already begun an appeal against his conviction for the one offence for which he was found guilty.

Johnson will be soon be moved from Armley Prison in West Yorkshire to a jail closer to his native North East, according to reports.

The Prison Service refused to comment on newspaper reports that he will be sent to Holme House jail on Teesside, HMP Durham or the maximum security jail at Frankland just outside the city.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "We don’t comment on individual prisoners."

Holme House in Stockton is just 14 miles away from Johnson’s £1.5m home in the village of Castle Eden.