) is a city at the centre of the City of Sunderland metropolitan borough, in Tyne and Wear, North East England.
A small fishing village called Sunderland, located toward the mouth of the river (modern day East End) was granted a charter in 1179.
Over the centuries, Sunderland grew as a port, trading coal and salt.
The Sunderland winger was initially arrested at his mansion in Castle Eden in March, and will appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court in County Durham next month.
Johnson, who has played for England 12 times, was temporarily suspended from Sunderland following his arrest.
The 27-year-old Sunderland winger, accused of three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one offence of grooming, was due to appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court, County Durham, this Wednesday.