Police issue warning over identifying potential sex offence victims after arrest of Sunderland star Adam Johnson

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POLICE have warned social media users that anyone who identifies the reported victim of a sexual offence will feel the full force of the law.

The warning by the Durham Constabulary comes after the arrest of Sunderland star Adam Johnson over allegations of sexual activity with an under-age girl.

In a statement on their Facebook page, police said: “Anyone who identifies someone who may or may not be a victim of a sexual offence is committing a criminal act, Durham Constabulary has reiterated.

“Victims of sexual assault are guaranteed the legal right to lifetime anonymity and publishing any details, including on social media, which may lead to their identification, is contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992.

“Durham Constabulary wishes to remind social media users, and anyone else, who breaks the law that they will be dealt with robustly.”

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