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Disgraced ex-footballer Adam Johnson released from prison

The player’s father was seen driving a people carrier with blacked-out windows out of HMP Moorland.

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Disgraced former footballer Adam Johnson is believed to have been released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences.

The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan in 2016.

Witnesses said Johnson’s father, Dave Johnson, was seen driving a Mercedes people carrier with blacked-out rear windows out of HMP Moorland, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Adam Johnson was being held at HMP Moorland in Doncaster, South Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

The same car was later spotted arriving at Johnson’s mansion in Castle Eden, County Durham.

Friday’s release comes exactly halfway through the player’s six-year sentence.

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Adam Johnson used to play for Sunderland (Richard Sellers/PA)

A jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to “digital penetration” but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.

He had already admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to kissing and also of grooming the girl.

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Adam Johnson’s police mugshot (Durham Police/PA)

As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.

The children’s services department from the local council may also carry out risk assessments in relation to Johnson’s daughter Ayla, and could prevent Johnson from spending time alone with his daughter.

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