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Ex-Corrie director Tim Dowd found guilty of grooming underage girl has avoided jail

The judge told him: "You are tormented by your own sexual desires"

A former soap director will NOT have to go to jail, despite being found guilty of grooming a 13-year-old girl.

Married Tim Dowd, 66, worked on both Coronation Street and Emmerdale before being arrested last year.

Tim Dowd directed on both ITV soaps (Credit: ITV)

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He was caught in a sting by an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl in care, and arrested in February 2018.

At the beginning of March this year, he 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.

The charges read like a disturbing plot straight from the scripts of a soap.

Tim directed Corrie up until his arrest in February 2018 (Credit: ITV)

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The former director avoided a jail sentence, and was instead sentenced to a two year community order, in which he has to complete the Horizon programme, and finish a rehabilitation activity order for 30 days.

For five years, he must sign the sexual offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order. He was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,500.

Judge Rodney Jameson QC told him: “You are tormented by your own sexual desires.”

Meanwhile, Mr Dowd’s barrister Max Saffman told the court: “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.”

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Mr Dowd had directed 200 episodes of the ITV soap (Credit: ITV)

The court also heard that he’s having to live off his savings, as he is now unemployable.

Mr Dowd, a grandfather from North Yorks, denied he was a paedophile despite regularly going online to have phone sex with females.

He told his victim her age “wasn’t a problem” and asked her to send him photographs of her breasts. He also masturbated over the phone.

According to The Sun, Mr Dowd was sacked from his £100,000-a-year role at ITV after a career spanning nearly three decades.

He had directed nearly 200 Corrie episodes since 1994.

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