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Footballer admits sexual activity with a child

A sacked footballer admits to having sexual activity with a child, meaning he could be facing time behind bars in prison.

The former Bradford City professional player has admitted a sex offence against a 14-year-old girl.

Tyrell Robinson pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child in August 2018, and making and distributing an indecent image of a child via Snapchat when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court.

The 22 year old was warned by the judge he could face jail and has since been bailed and will be sentenced at a later date.

Robinson was held by Cheshire Police at Moss Rose, the home of League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town on Tuesday the 14th of August 2018, before going on to be sacked.

Bradford issued a statement in February, which read: “Bradford City Football Club has parted company with Tyrell Robinson.

“This comes after West Yorkshire Police confirmed charges had been brought against Robinson, following his arrest in August 2018.

“Robinson has been dismissed from the remainder of his contract on grounds of committing gross misconduct.

“The club will be making no further comment on the matter.”

Robinson denied a further charge of distributing an indecent photograph of a child in December 2017 and the court heard the prosecution would not proceed with that charge.

Judge Jonathan Rose told him: “You must not assume that the fact that I’m adjourning sentence and granting you bail is to mean that any particular sentence will be imposed upon you.

“All options will be open to the judge who deals with your case, and that will very much include the possibility of a prison sentence.”

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register before he left court.

A second defendant, Korrie Berman, 21, from Essex, pleaded not guilty to five charges of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child.

He will go on trial on 12 April next year.

The former Arsenal player came through the Gunners ranks but left without playing for the first team.

He then moved to West Bromwich Albion before a free transfer to Bradford in August 2018.

He has been described by Bradford City Head of Recruitment Greg Abbott as having “bags of pace” and being “a strong, athletic kid with a great desire to prove everybody wrong”.

Primarily a left winger, Robinson was also occasionally used by Bradford City manager Stuart McCall as a left back.

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