Bruno Mars: When I Was Your ManiTunesAmazon

Bruno Mars: When I Was Your ManiTunesAmazon

Former TV director sentenced over teen sex chat

Leeds Crown Court

Published by May Norman at 5:04pm 21st March 2019.

Image: Leeds Crown Court from Google street view

A former Coronation Street director who had sexual conversations with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl's been given a two-year community order

  • 66-year-old Tim Dowd was found guilty of four child sex offences.
  • Dowd had intimate chats with a police officer who was posing as a teenager in January 2018.
  • He denied the offences but was found guilty and has been handed a two-year community order.

A former Coronation Street director from Harrogate's been spared jail after attempting to have sexual conversations with an undercover police officer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl.

66-year-old Tim Dowd was found guilty of three counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Earlier today (21 March), he was handed a two-year community order and a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

Detective Inspector Marc Bowes, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“We hope that the conviction of Dowd for these serious offences will reassure the public and demonstrate how the police work proactively to target online grooming.

“Tackling child sexual exploitation, whether it is committed directly in person or through online grooming, remains a top priority for West Yorkshire Police and its partner agencies.

“We will continue to work closely with schools and other organisations to raise awareness of the issue and do everything we can to protect children from this type of harm.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said:

“While his victim may have been fictitious, Dowd’s sickening intent is all too clear.

“And his actions are a disturbing reminder of the significant risks children and young people can face in the digital world.

“That’s why the NSPCC is calling on the Government to take robust action to keep our children safe online, with an independent regulator ready to compel social media companies to act.”

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

New trans-Pennine roads study announced

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It could result in improvements to road links - including around Skipton.

Older article
Top articles

Distinctive jewellery stolen in burglary near Cross Hills

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Thieves broke into the property in the village of Lothersdale on Tuesday evening.

EasyJet to stop offering nuts on flights to help keep allergy sufferers safe

National: EasyJet is to stop offering nuts on flights and ban passengers from eating them on-board if a fellow traveller is allergic to them.

Flooding and mudslides kill at least 60 people in South Africa

World: Flooding and mudslides have killed at least 60 people on South Africa's eastern coast, officials have said.

Mo Farah feud over 'theft' at Haile Gebrselassie hotel escalates

Sport: Mo Farah is embroiled in an extraordinary war of words with fellow distance star Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged theft during a stay in his Ethiopian hotel.

Ivor Novello nominee Ghetts: 'What I'm doing now is inspirational'

Showbiz: Ghetts has seen a lot of success since bringing "darkness" to grime 16 years ago.

Financial planning board game encourages families to talk about money

Business: The concept is simple, but will it work for parents and children?

Can you ask for a beer in all these languages?

Education: Holiday language classes in Harrogate launch next week!

Can you ask for a beer in all these languages?

Education: Holiday language classes in Harrogate launch next week!

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Local school success in green poem competition

Education: To celebrate Stray FM's Green Month.

Local CAREGiver to run marathon for Asthma UK

Health: She wants to inspire other 'non-runners.'

Mowing your lawn: a pain in the grass

Family: One Harrogate landscaper has the answer.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

Hillarys team up with Stray FM for opening broadcast

Stray FM Station News: Harrogate's local radio station will be live from the brand new Hillarys store.

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

Reports of an accident involving bus and car on A59

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The road between Knaresborough and Starbeck is partially blocked

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.


Easter... do you do chocolate eggs?

Trending in Yorkshire

Distinctive jewellery stolen in burglary near Cross Hills

Thieves broke into the property in the village of Lothersdale on Tuesday evening.

Fountains Abbey celebrates record-breaking Easter

It's among a number of leading Yorkshire attractions to have had a successful bank holiday weekend.

"This could be the end of Welcome To Yorkshire"

Lord Paul Scriven's been reacting to the recent resignation of Welcome to Yorkshire Chairman Ron McMillan

Weather warning for Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Thunderstorms may bring some temporary disruption to travel and power supplies.

Transport bosses announce delays to rail projects

It affects services in Harrogate, Skipton and Ilkley.

More news...