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Adam Johnson’s life behind bars revealed as ex-prison officer warns of dangers in notorious HMP Frankland



A former prison officer has lifted the lid on the “very hard environment” Adam Johnson will face once he’s jailed.

The disgraced star was found guilty of one charge of sexual activity with a child – and pleaded guilty to two other sex offences – and faces up to 10 years behind bars.

Once sentenced, Johnson is likely to be moved to the notorious HMP Frankland in County Durham, closest to where he lives.

The jail holds some of the country’s most depraved inmates, including child killer Ian Huntley and Millie Dowler murderer Levi Bellfield.

And former Frankland prison officer Shaun Gettings, who now works as a security expert, believes Johnson could be segregated from other inmates while he beds in.

He said: “Johnson will be a high profile prisoner and the guards will have to be aware of him more.

Former Prison Officer Shaun Gettings has described the conditions Adam Johnson could face in jail

“With such well known inmates, it’s always possible other prisoners could try and do something, especially with the high media interest around the case.

“But prison officers will know they are responsible for his safety and it is a safe environment.

“There are cameras everywhere and security is unbelievable.

“As soon as he enters he will be assessed to see if he is a suicide risk. Frankland is a hard place.”

Shaun, worked at the prison for more than 18 years, says Frankland has dedicated wings for ‘vulnerable prisoners’ – usually depraved sex offenders at risk from beatings by other prisoners.

The 51-year-old was on duty at a time when the Michael Stone, Charles Bronson and Harold Shipman were behind the maximum security jail’s bars.

He was also awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to prisoners.

Johnson admitted grooming his 15-year-old schoolgirl victim and kissing her in his car. He was convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child by a jury and cleared of another charge at Bradford Crown Court.

If Johnson is segregated, Shaun believes he will eventually be treated as a normal inmate and allowed to mix with others.

That means the former Premier League star, who earned £60,000 a week, will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ian Huntley rather than the likes of Wayne Rooney and John Terry.

He will spend his days in the gym or in a classroom, a far cry from his luxury £1.5m mansion in Castle Eden.

Shaun said: “He will have rules to live by and a regime to follow.

“But, as he goes along, if he behaves and becomes trusted he will get more privileges.”

While inside, Johnson could have a games console in his cell.

The 28-year-old could also play football in Frankland, which has five-a-side capabilities, according to Shaun.

During his trial, the shamed star’s former girlfriend Stacey Flounders – to whom he has a baby daughter – revealed she had split with the winger.

Meanwhile, it has emerged Johnson’s victim could sue him for £1m.

A lawyer has said the schoolgirl could claim a cut of the ex-Sunderland winger’s £15m fortune in compensation.

They say the victim could sue Johnson for psychological damage and post-traumatic stress.

Her claim could be enhanced because the disgraced footballer denied the accusations for a year before he admitted to grooming and sexual activity the day his trial began.

It has not been confirmed whether the girl or her family is pursuing any compensation claim at this stage.

Adam Johnson ‘s teenage victim has told how she won’t sue the disgraced footballer, saying “I haven’t done this for the money”.

Lawyers claimed the 16-year-old could claim more than £1million in compensation if she took legal action against the former England international.

Experts also said she could sue his former club Sunderland over its decision to let Johnson continue playing in the weeks before his trial.

However, as reported by the Daily Star, the teenage victim now says she will not take further legal action.

Speaking to a friend, the victim said: “I haven’t done this for the money. I just wanted people to believe me and for him to realise the hurt and damage he has caused.”

She added that she wanted to “put this awful experience behind me and begin to rebuild my life.”

The 28-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of one charge of sexual activity with a child.

He had already admitted a similar charge and another of grooming the teenage Sunderland fan on the first day of his trial at Bradford Crown Court.

They said the victim could sue Johnson for psychological damage and post-traumatic stress.

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