A CORONATION Street director was busted on suspicion of grooming a 13-year-old child in 2018, but he avoided jail.
Tim Dowd, 65 was busted during a Police sting in which he asked an undercover officer who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl to show him her “breasts” and also masturbated on the phone.
The director worked on the Manchester-based ITV soap for 24 years and directed over 200 episodes.
He was arrested at his £500,000 home in Yorkshire on suspicion of enticing a child into sexual activity before he was hauled before the courts.
He was spared jail in March 2019 with Judge Rodney Jameson QC telling him: ”You are tormented by your own sexual desires.”
His barrister said: “He had lost his good name, his wife has left him, he has been forced to move out of the family home into a rented flat. One of his children has ostracised him, his successful career as a television director has now finished – there is no way back for him.”
The Mirror reported that Dowd was found guilty of three counts of attempting to cause a girl aged 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child for the purpose of sexual gratification between January 12 and 15, 2018.
He was fired from his position and sources say he will never work in television again.