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 claimed 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.
Closing the case for the prosecution, prosecutor Robin Shellard said: "We are not dealing with morals but criminal abuse against a child."
He continued: "There are good reasons why society – and we here are all part of this society and the law which is founded because of society – treats those under 18 and those under 16 not as full adults.
"Society tries to protect children from adults who want to abuse them and tries to protect children from themselves."
Referring to the defendant's claims of 'exaggeration', Mr Shellard said: "The problem for Mr Schofield is how restrained the boy is in his allegations.
"Is that person motivated by hate and spite or is he saying things about what happened? We say the evidence shows the boy is not motivated by hate and lies."
Timothy Schofield's defence team blamed his "mental health struggles" whilst claiming the complainant was "exaggerating" what happened.
During the trial, Timothy wept as he told a court how he phoned his This Morning star brother, Phillip and told him he was “on the verge” of taking his own life.
He is said to have told sibling about some of the alleged offending in September 2021.
When asked by his barrister Peter Binder whether he had performed sexual acts on the teenager, Timothy replied: “Absolutely not.”
Timothy Schofield told the jury he had watched pornography with the boy, who he claimed was aged over 16 at that time, and they had masturbated while sat apart.
Giving evidence on Thursday, the defendant told the jury he had been gay his “entire life” but had kept it “completely secret and hidden from everybody”.
In a statement released by his lawyer after his brother Timothy was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy, TV presenter Phillip Schofield 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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