A 35-year-old South Yorkshire man who went on the run with a 14-year-old girl has admitted abducting and having sex with her.
John Bush disappeared with the girl, from Doncaster, who cannot be named, in June.
The pair were later found in London.
Bush appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday and admitted sexual activity with a child, child abduction and making off without paying for two hotel rooms.
Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said the Crown Prosecution Service needed a week to decide whether Bush’s basis of plea was acceptable, or whether a judge would have to decide what exactly happened when he took the girl away.
Nicholas De La Poer, mitigating, said Bush wanted to be sentenced straight away but understood the situation.
Judge Paul Watson QC adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, telling Bush: “Custody would appear to be the only outcome.”
Bush admitted sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.
He also admitted abducting a child and making off without paying £120 for two hotel rooms.
Judge Watson remanded Bush, of Moss Road, Askern, Doncaster, into custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “The disappearance of the girl led to a nationwide hunt, involving many police forces and other agencies.
“Bush was guilty, not only of abducting a child, but he went on the run across the country in a deliberate attempt to evade being arrested.
Caroline Tubb, senior crown prosecutor in South Yorkshire, said: “We are pleased the strength of the evidence has led to Bush entering guilty pleas.
“This means the victim will not have to give evidence in court.”
Bush will be sentenced next month at Sheffield Crown Court.