Phillip Schofield’s brother tells court he kept his identity as a gay man ‘completely secret from everybody’ and weeps as he tells of moment he confessed to his TV star sibling about performing a sex act with a teenager
- Timothy Schofield, 54, is standing trial charged with 11 sexual offences
- He arrived at Exeter Crown Court today with jacket pulled over his head
Phillip Schofield‘s brother today broke down in tears as he told jurors of the day he confessed to his famous sibling about performing a sex act with a teenager.
Timothy Schofield, 54, said he remembered ‘sitting in a field and making that phone call to him’ – during which he said he wanted to take his own life.
He then drove up to the This Morning star’s London home and arrived ‘ranting and raving’, before confiding in him over the washing up.
He said he convinced Phillip it happened ‘just’ once, to which his older brother told him it ‘should never happen again’ on September 12, 2021. They did not speak of the matter again until the IT technician was arrested almost three months later.
Schofield, who is married, told the jury that he is a gay man, adding: ‘I have kept it completely hidden and secret from everybody. That has been very difficult.’
Timothy Schofield (left), the brother of TV presenter Phillip Schofield, at Exeter Crown Court this morning
The court yesterday heard how Phillip yelled ‘f***, stop’ over the washing up when his brother confessed to performing a sex act with the schoolboy
Schofield, a civilian police worker from Bath, said: ‘I sat near the gate of the field just five minutes, ten minutes down the road and, yes, I sat there and I thought that [killing myself] would be the best option.’
Schofield faces 11 charges at Exeter Crown Court relating to sexual offences allegedly committed against the boy over three years from October 2016.
He denies performing sex acts in front of the teenager and causing him to watch and engage in sex acts.
Today he entered the witness box where he confirmed to Peter Binder, defending, that Phillip’s police statement was true.
He tearfully responded, ‘Yes, yes, yes’ as Mr Binder ran through the events of the day asking if he was ‘angry’ and ‘upset’, as his sibling had stated yesterday.
Schofield agreed that he had confessed to watching pornography and performing a sex act with the teenager and said that he was suffering ‘mental health problems’.
He added that he was ‘so alone’ and that he felt he was in a ‘horrible hole’ when he phoned his older brother that day.
When he was arrested on December 3, 2021, he answered no comment to all questions.
Pressed on why, Schofield told the court that, due to his job with the police, he sometimes ‘role played’ interviews and thought ‘this is the way I had to go’.
He said: ‘I struggled so much. I was in such an awful place. I was just trying to get my head around what had been said, what I had been accused of. It seemed to me to be the only way.’
Earlier Schofield admitted searching the internet for ‘gay teen porn’ and other slang for young men. But he insisted it was all ‘legal’ and was not looking for underage material.
Timothy Schofield (left), 54, is standing trial at Exeter Crown Court charged with 11 sexual offences
Schofield pulled a grey jacket over his head as he arrived in court this morning and was guided inside by an acquaintance
He said: ‘I don’t use or look at any illegal websites at all. I put in a search term on a legal site and I am hoping what comes up is legal.’
Mr Binder asked him if he was guilty or not guilty of the 11 charges.
Schofield said: ‘I am not guilty of these charges and that’s why I have stuck to my guns all the way through. There is no way I am going to plead guilty to something I have not done.’
He claims the sexual encounter with the victim occurred when the boy was over 16 and denies that anything happened when he was younger.
The trial continues.