A FORMER Arsenal footballer has confessed to having sex with a 14-year-old girl and sharing indecent images of a child on Snapchat.
Tyrell Robinson, 22, pleaded guilty to the sex offence before Bradford Crown Court today and was warned he could face jail time.
The former Bradford City footballer admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child, making an indecent image of a child and distributing an indecent image of a child.
Robinson, from South Ockendon, Essex, admitted engaging in sexual activity with the teenager in Bradford on August 13 of 2018.
He also entered a guilty plea to making and distributing an indecent image of a child via Snapchat on the same date.
However, he denied a further charge of distributing an indecent photograph of a child in December 2017, and the court heard the prosecution will not proceed with this count.
City supporters told the Telegraph & Argus that Robinson had “thrown away” a promising football career and must now “face the consequences” for his “stupidity.”
Mike Harrison, Editor of Bradford City Fanzine, tweeted Monday: “Waste of a promising career but one imagines that he has only got himself to blame.
“Bcafc hierarchy vindicated for suspending him after he was arrested despite not being charged till 18 months later.”
The winger was arrested in August 2018 and later sacked by Bradford for gross misconduct.
He arrived at court on Tuesday wearing a black face mask, white trainers, a dark red coat and cropped, grey, checked trousers.
He was granted bail until his sentencing and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register before he left court.
Judge Jonathan Rose said: “Dealing with you Robinson, you pleaded guilty to all matters save the last count. The prosecution will not seek to try you on that count.
“Your case is now adjourned to be sentenced.”
He continued: “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. Robinson will be sentenced at a later date.
At the time of Robinson’s arrest, Bradford City Football Club said in a statement: “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.” “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.”
A second defendant, Korrie Berman, 21, from Essex, pleaded not guilty to five charges of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child.
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