Lenton pub worker jailed for child sex abuse

Pub worker sentenced to 8 years after grooming a fake 14 yr old girl

James Stone, former manager at the Bag O’ Nails pub in Lenton, has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of seven offences of child abuse.

James Stone, 24, pleaded guilty to:

• two counts of sexual assault with a child

• one count of sexual activity with a child

• two counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child

• one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image, showing a sexual act between a human and an animal.

The conviction comes after anti-paedophile activists group Letzgo Hunting posed as a schoolgirl online and filmed the former Bag O Nails worker, according to the BBC.


Letzgo Hunting have said that they initially became involved after a 15-year-old’s mother approached them  with concerns that her daughter was being groomed.

In the exchanges between Stone and the group, he admitted that he engaged in sexual activity with the girl. He then lured the girl back to his flat where she was manipulated into performing sexual acts.

However, police have said that they acted because they were approached by the girl’s mother, not because of Letzgo Hunting’s footage. No evidence from the activists was used in court.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said that Stone “groomed and manipulated her into doing things she would never do, before luring her to his home and taking advantage of her in the very worst way.”

The bag is a popular student hangout in Lenton...

The bag is a popular student hangout in Lenton…

Nottingham students have been stunned by the news, with Andy Croft, an Archaeology graduate, saying: “I am utterly shocked and flabbergasted.”

William Richardson, a third year Economics student, said: “I can’t believe this. I’m never going back to the Bag O Nails.”

Members of Letzgo Hunting regularly pose as teenage girls online and speak to men who they believe are looking for sexual conversation. They save the conversations as evidence before filming the men after arranging to meet the men in a public place.