The court has heard Mr Dowd, who had worked as a director on Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Heartbeat, asked the undercover officer intimate questions about "phone sex" and requested images of her breasts. The court heard he lost his job shortly after being arrested in Leeds. He denied four child sex offences but was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court.
Dowd, who also worked on Emmerdale and Heartbeat during his year career, is due to be sentenced on 21 March. He denies three counts of attempting to incite to engage in sexual activity, and a count of harrogaate to engage in sexual conversations with for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Prosecutors allege Tim Dowd, 66, believed he was speaking to a teen named Chantelle. But he told jurors at Leeds Crown Court he believed she was an adult woman looking to enjoy "younger girl-older man role-play".
Giving evidence anonymously, the officer said she was able to pose as a year-old girl vt having to input an age above 16 to register on the site. Mr Dowd, of Chatsworth Grove, Harrogate, denies child sex offences. He was convicted of three counts of attempting to incite to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to engage in sexual conversations with for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Tim Dowd, 66, of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, had intimate online chats with a police officer sex chat harrogate ct was posing as a teenage girl in January During the three-day trial, the court heard he met the policewoman, who adopted the username Chantelle13Cymru, on a chat site before contacting her on WhatsApp, when he made further sexualised requests.
Asked why he had started using the site, the father-of-two, said: "I wanted to go on free stranger chat room to find adult women who were interested in sharing some erotic conversation with me. He told the court he would have left the chat immediately if he had been sent an image of.
The defendant said he does not have a sexual interest in children, adding that he has never had any complaints about his conduct during his time as a freelance director. Giving evidence, Mr Dowd said that when he starting talking to "Chantelle", he believed dex was an adult woman looking to enjoy "younger girl-older man role-play". The trial continues.
Related Topics. About sharing image copyrightPA image captionTim Dowd was freelance TV director who worked on a of well known soap operas and dramas A harrogate Coronation Street director has been convicted of attempting to incite a year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.
In January last year, a day after their first conversation, he phoned up "Chantelle" via WhatsApp, requesting she sexually touch herself, the court heard. A jury heard how the ex-freelance TV director, of Chatsworth Grove, Harrogate, asked the undercover officer questions about "phone sex" and requested she hharrogate naked pictures of herself over a four-day period between 12 and 15 January.