August 2017

Sex offender met two 14-year-olds and tried to book hotel for the night

A sex offender met two schoolgirls outside a city cinema and tried to book a hotel room for the night.

The 14-year-olds were reported missing but were found by police after he suggested going to St Ann’s, Nottingham magistrates heard [August 11].

Daniel Johnson, 20, is banned from unsupervised contact with any girl under 16.

This was imposed by a crown court judge on May 13 last year.

He pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order without a reasonable excuse in Nottingham on Wednesday.

He will be sentenced at the crown court on September 1.

Anna Pierrepont, prosecuting, said the girls had been planning “a sleepover” and knew Johnson slightly.

He arrived on a bike outside the Cornerhouse and asked about one of the pair.

Johnson was with another man and they left together in a group, the court heard.

“Daniel suggested they try to book a hotel room. They went to the Clarence Hotel and the Stage Hotel.

“Fortunately the night porter was not satisfied with Daniel’s age and didn’t allow them to book a room.

“Then he suggested they go to a house in St Ann’s,” said Miss Pierrepont.

Soon after the girls decided to leave the group.

“They said the boys were becoming annoying, started to fight or playfight. Police picked them up at 2am,” Miss Pierrepont said.

She opposed bail for Johnson but this was granted on condition that he lives with his mother in Birkin Avenue, Nottingham.

He must wear an electronic tag and obey a curfew between noon the midnight until he appears at the crown court.