Phillip Schofield brother: This Morning presenter's brother Timothy jailed for 12 years for child sex offences
Timothy Schofield - a civilian police worker - was found guilty of 11 sexual offences
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The paedophile brother of TV presenter Phillip Schofield has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of child sex offences.
Timothy Schofield, 54, was convicted of 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019, including two of sexual activity with a child, after a trial at Exeter Crown Court in April. Schofield, a civilian police worker from Bath, Somerset, told the jury while giving evidence that he had watched pornography with the boy who he insisted was over the age of 16 at the time.
He claimed they had masturbated while sitting apart and denied performing sexual acts on the teenager. However, the jury found Schofield guilty on all counts with a majority of 10-2 after more than five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
Avon and Somerset Police later dismissed Schofield, who had been suspended from his job at the force’s headquarters in Portishead after being arrested and charged, without notice.
'You took away his ability to be the teenager he should have been'
Mrs Justice Cutts, sentencing Schofield at Bristol Crown Court on Friday, told him: “You exploited his innocence at this stage of his life for your own sexual gratification. It was wrong on every level for you to behave as you did.
“He felt forced to do what you wanted, trapped and unable to escape. He felt he couldn’t tell anyone and did not do so for many years. You took away his ability to be the teenager he should have been – carefree, relaxed, happy. It is clear to me that you became utterly obsessed with him.”
She added: “Your actions and behaviour have had a devastating impact on the boy. In doing what you did, you thought only of yourself.
“I have not heard a single word of remorse from you, only self-pity.”
The judge commended the courage of the boy for reporting the abuse and Rachael Lane of the Crown Prosecution Service praised the victim for his “immense bravery”.
“It’s clear that the offences carried out by Tim Schofield had a very significant impact on the victim in this case,” she said. “I would like to commend them for the immense bravery they have shown in coming forward to report what happened to them.
“The CPS is working closely with our partners across the criminal justice system to transform the way we handle sexual assault cases, drive up the number of successful prosecutions, and ensure that victims are supported throughout the prosecution process. I hope that cases like this will encourage victims to feel confident in reporting what happened to them, in the knowledge that they will be supported and that the police and CPS are determined to secure justice for the victims of these appalling crimes.”
Victim's powerful statement
In a victim personal statement read to the court by Robin Shellard, prosecuting, the boy said he felt “numb to life” following the abuse. He said: “Before Tim was arrested, I felt I had no freedom. I often felt panic, stress and fear.
"I felt like I was trapped in a loop of fear and anxiety of the abuse happening again. It was only after Tim was arrested that I felt safe. It was only after Tim was arrested that I felt free – free to be me, free to be happy, free to be relaxed.”
The boy added: “I feel more blunt, I feel more bitter, I feel numb to life. I know I should feel really happy or really sad but I don’t have the ability to emotionally react to what is happening.”
Schofield's crimes labelled 'sickening'
Speaking outside court following the sentence, Detective Inspector Keith Smith, of Avon and Somerset Police, described the offending by Timothy Schofield as “sickening”. He said: “Timothy Schofield, aged 54, who worked at Avon and Somerset Police’s Headquarters in Portishead, committed a series of sickening offences, for which he’s now been brought to justice.
“The offences were first reported to us in December 2021 and within 48 hours, Timothy Schofield was arrested, interviewed and charged to appear before a court.”
DI Smith added: “Although the offences Timothy Schofield committed were not connected to his employment, we know the fact he was a member of police staff will be of great concern to the public. It’s important to stress that before the allegations were made to the police in December 2021, there were no prior complaints or allegations made about this defendant, and his former colleagues have been horrified by the offences he’s now been convicted of.
“But, we want to be absolutely clear, we’re on a mission to root out all those who betray the standards and values we’re committed to uphold.
“The public must be able to trust police officers and staff, and protecting this bond of trust is our priority.”
Phillip Schofield breaks silence after guilty verdict
During the trial, jurors heard that Schofield told his elder brother Phillip in September 2021 that he and the complainant had watched pornography together. In a statement released by his lawyer after the guilty verdict, the This Morning host 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.”
Timothy Schofield 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.