Premiership footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three counts of sex with a child under the age of 16 and one of grooming.
The Sunderland player, 27, was arrested last month on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
At the time, a spokeswoman for Durham Police said: “A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, he remains in police custody and is helping officers with their inquiries.”
Johnson has played for Sunderland since 2012. He previously played for Manchester City from 2010 to 2012, and began his career at Middlesbrough in 2004.