Testing of Post-Convicted Sex Offenders
states 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 using this symbol.
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
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