Paedophile footballer Adam Johnson has come under fire for flashing a £100,000 watch while playing fetch with his dogs.
The shamed star was accused of flaunting his freedom after he was spotted boasting the luxury Richard Mille timepiece in a park near his £2million mansion.
Johnson, 31, was pictured with his sister Faye in Castle Eden, County Durham, as he chucked mini footballs for his two cockapoos yesterday.
Despite being locked up for three years, Johnson does not appear to have lost his expensive taste in clothes as he was also wearing Fresh Ego Kid tracksuit, which retail for a hefty £100.
The shamed ex-Man City and Sunderland winger was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt, leaving his white Bubba Watson watch clearly visible.
The photographs were taken just days after the disgraced footballer walked free from prison.
He was released from HMP Moorland on March 22 after serving half of his six-year sentence for grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
A source told the Mirror: ‘To look at Johnson now, you’d never know he’d been inside.
‘His victim’s family will be horrified to see him flaunting his wealth like this.’
In 2012, the then-Manchester City signing attended a sponsorship event with ex-manager Roberto Mancini as watchmaker Richard Mille struck a partnership with the Premier League club.
Yesterday The Sun reported that Johnson has become an obsessive cleaner, spending hours making sure his seven-bed mansion is sparkling.
A source told the paper: ‘It has become his way of coping with all the freedom he now has.
‘He became so institutionalised during his time inside that he is struggling to get used to life on the outside.
‘His last job inside was a cleaner. That’s been one of his main daily tasks in recent months and that is what he is sticking with as he tries to get back on an even keel now that he is out.
It also report that he has been gorging on takeaways since his release because he missed them so much inside.
Friends for the convicted paedophile, who has a four-year-old daughter, were planning to transform his seven-bedroom home into a ‘party pad’ for a wild welcome home bash, it was claimed.
Rumours of an extravagant shindig seemed to be ring true when a Majestic Wine van pulled up outside his mansion and sister Faye was seen with an armful of ‘Welcome Home’ balloons.
Johnson endured a nailbiting final week in prison as he feared that he would be attacked by ‘nutters’ when he was on the outside, according to sources close to the shamed ex-England international.
Prisoners are usually released from jail just after 6am – though exceptions are made for ‘high profile’ inmates such as Johnson, whose father David drove him from prison in a blacked-out Mercedes.
And Johnson’s seeming willingness to lapse back into his pre-prison lifestyle comes after his ex-girlfriend said she does not regard him as a paedophile.
Stacey Flounders, 29, also claimed she thought his six-year jail sentence for sexually touching a 15-year-old girl was ‘extreme.’
Speaking for the first time about her ordeal, she said: ‘What he did was wrong.
‘In the eyes of the law she was a child and he should have known better. Even so, the sentence was a shock. I thought it was extreme.’
Miss Flounders said she and Johnson would tell their daughter Ayla the truth about his offending when she is 13.
In 2017, the Court of Appeal threw out Johnson’s challenge against his 2015 conviction.
And Faye stood by her brother throughout this period, posting a flurry of appeals on Facebook and Twitter using the phrase ‘Justice for Johnson’ and the hashtag #TeamAJ.
Adam Johnson case: A timeline
December – Johnson and his victim start exchanging messages online. She tells him she has only just turned 15.
17 January – Johnson’s first meeting with the girl where he signs two football shirts for her.
30 January – Johnson meets girl for a second time. He says they kissed, she alleges more serious sexual activity took place.
25 February – Girl hoped to meet Johnson but he pulls out saying he can’t leave home. Girls tells parents about their meetings.
26 February – Girl and her mother go to police.
2 March – Johnson is arrested at his home on suspicion of having sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Player is suspended from playing pending the outcome of a police investigation.
18 March – His bail is extended and his suspension from playing for his club is lifted.
4 May – Johnson, his lawyer and his father hold meeting with the club telling them that he has confessed to messaging the 15-year-old and kissing her. He continues to be allowed to play.
24 May – Sunderland avoid relegation and Johnson heads off on stag-do to Dubai.
3 June – Johnson formally pleads not guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and another count of grooming at Durham Crown Court.
6 February – Johnson plays his final game for Sunderland, scoring and throwing his shirt into the crowd.
10 February – Johnson pleads guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.
11 February – Sunderland sack Johnson.
12 February – Player’s trial begins.
2 March – Johnson is found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old
24 March – Johnson is jailed for six years.
16 March -Johnson loses an appeal against his conviction.
22 March – Johnson is released from prison half-way through his sentence.