A serial fraudster who sparked a nationwide manhunt when he abducted a Doncaster girl last June was yesterday jailed for six years by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court.
John Bush, aged 35, who lived on a caravan site at Askern, took the 14-year-old to London before they were caught after five days.
He had collected the girl, who cannot be named, from school and drove her first to Leicestershire where he conned a hotel boss into letting them have rooms for the night.
Detectives found scientific evidence they had had sexual activity.
Bush pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, child abduction, and making off without payment for the hotel.
Judge Paul Watson QC said the girl’s disappearance ‘caused untold distress and anxiety’ for her relatives.
Nicholas De La Poer, defending, said Bush became ‘caught up in an emotionally charged atmosphere’.
But he told the court: “The girl’s mother did know where she was and was in regular contact, whatever she was saying publicly.”
The judge heard Bush has a history of dishonesty convictions for conning people out of money and property, dating to 1997.