England footballer Adam Johnson walked with his partner into court where he faced three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming.
The 27-year-old Sunderland star held hands with Stacey Flounders as they arrived at Peterlee Magistrates' Court.
The winger was arrested in March after he was accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
England footballer Adam Johnson and his partner Stacey Flounders leave Peterlee Magistrates' Court in County Durham today
The three counts of sexual activity with a child were said to have taken place on one night in January at two locations in County Durham while the meeting a child after sexual grooming offence was said to have happened between December and February.
The winger, who has played 12 times for England, lives in a mansion in Castle Eden, County Durham.
Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.
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During the five-minute hearing, his solicitor, Paul Morris, indicated he would plead not guilty. No pleas were entered today.
The case was sent to Durham Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on June 3.
He did not comment as he left court with Ms Flounders and was driven away in a Range Rover.
Johnson wore a grey suit with an open necked shirt.
Ms Flounders wore a beige jacket and black jeans.