Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has been charged by police with three counts of sexual activity with an underage child.
The 27-year-old England international arrived at Peterlee police station to answer bail on Thursday afternoon, when he was also charged with grooming.
Johnson was arrested at his mansion in early March. He was initially suspended by Sunderland, but, after being bailed, he returned to work and has made three first-team appearances since his arrest.
He must now appear at Peterlee Magistrates Court on May 20
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Sunderland are currently involved in a relegation battle. The Black Cats sit 16th in the Premier League table, just one point clear of the drop zone.