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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Lucy Garcia

Philip Schofield's brother found guilty of sexually abusing teen boy

THE brother of This Morning star Phillip Schofield has been found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of three years.

Timothy Schofield, 54, was charged with 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019.

A jury at Exeter Crown Court found him guilty of all counts with a majority of 10-2 after more than five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.

He denied the charges but was convicted of three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual activity with a child.

Schofield, a civilian police worker from Bath, told the jury he had watched pornography with the boy, who he insisted was aged over 16 at that time, and they had masturbated while sat apart, but denied performing sexual acts on the teenager.

He has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Bristol Crown Court on May 19.

Philip Schofield previously provided a written statement to the court in which he stated that his brother had made the incident "sound like a one off" and that he had told him "it must never happen again". 

Today, the TV presenter released a statement on Instagram where he said that, as far as he was concerned, he no longer had a brother. 

He said: "My overwhelming concern is and has always been for the wellbeing of the victim and his family. 

"I hope that their privacy will now be respected. If any crime had ever been confessed to me by my sibling, I would have acted immediately to protect the victim and their family. 

"These are dispicable crimes and I welcome the guilty verdicts. 

"As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother." 

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