Full force of the law comes down on a working class footballer but the law is generous to the crimes of an Old Etonian
Sunderland player Adam Johnson; Pic Credit: BBC
Andrew ” Picard ” using his father’s surname in an US swimming competition. Picture by I & M Galleries. Photographer: Nicole Harnishfeger
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Two very high profile cases involving child sexual abuse have recently hit the headlines. One involved the Premier League footballer Adam Johnson, capped 12 times for England. The other involved Andrew Picard ( who used his mother’s name rather than his father’s surname), an Old Etonian from a wealthy , well connected family.
Adam Johnson was given a six year prison sentence for grooming and sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl, a Sunderland fan besotted with him.
As the BBC reported Judge Jonathan Rose told him he had abused a position of trust and caused his victim “severe psychological harm”. He told Johnson, 28, he had engaged in sexual activity with her knowing she was under 16. Police…
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