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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.”

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