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".
Mr Dowd, of Chatsworth Grove, Harrogate, denies child sex offences. The court has heard Mr Dowd, who had worked as a director on Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Heartbeat, asked the undercover officer intimate questions live sex vido chat in canada "phone sex" and requested images of her breasts. In January last year, a day after their first conversation, he phoned up "Chantelle" via WhatsApp, requesting she sexually touch herself, the court heard.
Giving evidence, Mr Dowd said that when he starting talking to "Chantelle", he believed it was an adult woman looking to enjoy "younger girl-older man role-play".
Asked why he had started using the site, teeh father-of-two, said: "I wanted to go on there 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 feen sexual interest in children, mature chat that he has never had any complaints about his conduct during his time as a freelance director.
He denies three counts of attempting to incite to engage in sexual activity, and a sexx of attempting to engage in sexual conversations with for the purpose of sexual gratification. The trial continues.