Tim Dowd (pictured outside Leeds Crown Court today) has been convicted of trying to groom a 13-year-old girl
A Coronation Street director has been found guilty of attempting to groom 13-year-old girl in a police sting.
Paedophile Tim Dowd, 66, who has also worked on Emmerdale, has been warned by a judge he could be jailed.
The disgraced TV worker asked what he believed to be a 13 year old girl in care but who was actually an undercover police officer to send him photographs of her breasts.
The grandfather from Harrogate in North Yorkshire lost his wife and his job due to his arrest.
He showed no emotion as the jury of eight men and four women found him unanimously guilty of four child sex offences at Leeds Crown Court.
Judge Rodney Jameson QC granted Dowd bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
He must sign the sex offenders register and will be sentenced on 21 March.
Judge Jameson warned him: 'You must understand that the fact I'm adjourning sentence and granting you bail is no indication what will happen. All options are open.'
Dowd encouraged the decoy to have phone sex with him via WhatsApp and boasted he enjoyed wife swapping with his friend.
Prosecutor Rupert Doswell told the trial that in January, last year, a West Yorkshire Police officer was employed online to identify child sex offenders.
She created a false profile in the Lycos Chat room called Chantelle13Cymru, 'indicating that her age was 13' he said, adding: 'The officer was posing as a 13 year old girl.'
At 11.49am on 12 January Dowd, using the profile Ollie Reed - after the actor Oliver Reed - contacted Chantelle and asked her whether she was 13 and Click here saying that was 'not a problem' for him.
'He asked her whether she had ever had phone sex and he asked her whether she would like to,' said Mr Doswell.
Dowd asked for her phone number to carry on the conversation on WhatsApp and they continued further communication outside the chat room.
'The defendant may have been concerned the chat room could be monitored and a mobile would be a much safer environment,' said Mr Doswell.
'From the outset he was overtly sexual.'
Dowd (pictured leaving Leeds Crown Court) faces jail after he claimed that he thought he was speaking to an adult playing out a fantasy
He asked whether she'd had sex and told her he had a owned his own house in Yorkshire.
He asked her to delete all the texts and asked her to send a photo of her breasts.
Dowd telephoned Chantelle later that day and spoke to the undercover officer.
He was 'overtly sexual' in the call and told her she had a sexy voice.
Dowd asked whether any other girls at the care home would like to join in, but Chantelle told him all the others were younger, eight years old.
He also told her that he had a friend who he wanted to watch her have sex with once the man had finished with his wife.
Over the next days he tried to encourage Chantelle to perform a sex act.
Dowd was arrested at his then marital home in East Keswick, near Leeds, on 19 January.
Prior to his sacking he had directed more than 200 episodes of Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Heartbeat and The Royal, bringing him into contact with hundreds of child actors and actresses.
'I have worked with hundreds of children throughout my career and helped them to be good actors,' he said.
He said he had also worked on The Famous Five and Runaway Bay, filmed in Martinique, when the cast was all children. He said he received 'not one complaint' in his TV career.
Dowd has been a member of the online group Lycos Chat for three years and 10 months in January, last year, and had to profile name Ollie Reed - after the drunken actor Oliver Reed.
'When I joined I was thinking of a lunch I had with him when asked to create the screen name,' he said.
'I used to go in there to find adult women who were interested in sharing some erotic conversations with me.