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Testing of Post-Convicted Sex Offenders

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Many states and countries have developed programs for the treatment and monitoring of sex offenders during their parole or probation periods. Many of these treatment programs require the administration of initial and periodic polygraph exams for purposes of verifying treatment compliance, parole violations, and recidivism. Standards for Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT) have been established by the APA and ASTM, which requires the examiner to undergo special additional training and certification to provide this type of testing. When hiring one of our examiners for this purpose, make sure the examiner is a Certified PCSOT examiner. Qualified examiners are so-indicated on our list of testing locations using this symbol. polytest image

Types of Exams Used for PCSOT Testing

Instant Offense

This format is used to determine whether the original crime was actually committed by the subject. Denial or rationalization of this crime, if actually committed, hinders appropriate treatment from being provided.

Sexual History Disclosure

Appropriate treatment can only be successful if the subject's complete sexual history is disclosed to the treating psychologist. This format is used to verify whether the subject has withheld pertinent information from his/her background.

Monitoring Testing

An important aspect of the monitoring program is to verify that the subject has not committed new sexual offenses while in the program. This format is used for exactly this purpose.

Maintenance Testing

This format is used to determine any issue related to parole, probation or therapy of specific interest to the psychologist or parole/probation officer. Some typical uses for this exam would be to determine whether the subject has been in contact with children in violation of parole/probation guidelines, has viewed pornography, has had any contact with a previous victim, or is "grooming" anyone as a new potential victim.