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Aaliyah Rugg

Phillip Schofield's brother dismissed from police job after sex abuse conviction

Phillip Schofield's brother has been dismissed from his job after he was convicted of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Timothy Schofield, 54, previously denied 11 charges of interfering with a child. Jurors at Exeter Crown Court previously heard how the teenager told police he was made to watch porn while being sexually molested.

Following a trial, he was convicted earlier this month of sexually abusing a teenage boy over three years and is due to be sentenced on May 19.

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Avon and Somerset Police has confirmed that he has been dismissed from his work without notice following a misconduct hearing yesterday. The force confirmed a criminal investigation was launched after they were first informed of the offences through a third party on December 3, 2021.

He was arrested the same day and within 48 hours was charged with criminal offences to appear in court. The 54-year-old was suspended from duty in December 2021 and misconduct proceedings were put on hold while the criminal investigation took priority.

Following his convictions, a misconduct hearing was chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Will White at Police HQ yesterday. He said: "The details and impact of his criminality were distressing to read for the panel, as they would be for members of the public.

"The panel is grateful for the courage shown by the victim and all those who provided information and evidence to the investigation team, which resulted in him being brought to justice for these abhorrent crimes.

Timothy Schofield (Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire)

"Timothy Schofield’s position as a member of a police organisation makes his responsibility all the greater in terms of his offending behaviour. The harm he’s caused has been serious and extensive. His criminal conviction undermines the public’s trust and confidence in the police service and its employees who work tirelessly to build that trust, particularly at this time of national scrutiny."

This Morning presenter, and brother, Phillip Schofield previously spoke out after his brother's conviction. In a statement 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 brother, I would have acted immediately to protect the victim and their family. These are despicable crimes, and I welcome the guilty verdicts. As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother."


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