Woodland Hills, CA, /PRNewswire/ -- "Almost no human being can beat a polygraph test," says Dr. Louis Rovner, a noted psychologist and polygraph expert in California. In fact, lie detection technology has become so sophisticated that a polygraph can now detect a person's efforts to try to beat the test.
In a recent Deputy Sheriff Magazine article, Dr. Rovner writes that there are several books and pamphlets available on the Internet which claim to teach people how to beat a polygraph test. None of these, he says, can do what they claim.
Dr. Rovner feels that the idea of beating a polygraph test after reading a short book is absurd. "This is about the same as saying that you will be able to perform a Beethoven Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall by simply reading a book about piano playing." The interplay between the sophisticated technology of the polygraph, the experience of the examiner, and the involuntary physiological reactions of the subject is so complex that almost no one can look truthful on the polygraph when he is actually lying.
"Beating the polygraph," says Rovner, "is impossible for most people." The polygraph is a scientific instrument which records physiological changes in our bodies. Polygraph examiners are trained to look for subtle abnormalities in these changes as a person answers a series of questions. The changes are involuntary reactions that occur in our bodies when we are not being truthful. "In order to beat the test," he says, "a person must use his central nervous system to override the involuntary activity of the autonomic nervous system, and he must do it on cue." Given the anxiety of a typically polygraph subject, it is extremely unlikely that anyone could successfully fool the polygraph.
Scientific research into polygraph accuracy has been going on for more than 40 years. "Overall," says Dr. Rovner, "we are confident that polygraph tests have a 96% accuracy rate when done properly." That statement is backed up by hundreds of research studies and experiments. Rovner's own published research shows that people cannot beat a polygraph test simply by reading about it.
Source: Rovner & Associates
The allegation that an instructor at the Ocean County Fire Academy tied up, tortured and raped a former student at the instructor's home last year is "false and absurd," an attorney representing the instructor said.
A federal civil suit accusing John Syers Jr., of Lacey, of a brutal sexual assault, is the "the latest of a continuing effort by the accuser to smear Mr. Syers' reputation and advance a vindictive agenda," Syers' Freehold-based attorney Richard P. Lomurro wrote in a statement Monday.
A Seaside Heights volunteer firefighter, identified only by her initials "A.S." in court documents, alleged in the lawsuit that after Syers gave her a tour of his home in September 2018, he handcuffed her, bound her with rope and repeatedly raped her in his bedroom. Syers had led a class the woman attended at the Ocean County Fire Academy, according to the suit.
Lomurro said his client and the woman had a continuing and "consensual sexual relationship." He said Syers took and passed a polygraph examination, which was turned over to authorities who were investigating the allegations.
"The polygraph exam results were also supported by text messages, SnapChat photos and other evidence sent by the accuser to Mr. Syers, which discredited her accusations," Lomurro said. He said his client will ultimately be exonerated.
The woman reported the allegation to authorities almost immediately after it was alleged to have occurred, according to the civil complaint.
Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly, director of law and public safety, told the Asbury Park Press Friday that the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office decided not to bring charges against Syers, but county leaders have "asked them to look at this again."
"The Prosecutor's office is involved with this case due to the allegation of sexual assault," said Bryan Huntenburg, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office. "This Lomurro said his client and the woman had a continuing and "consensual sexual relationship." He said Syers took and passed a polygraph examination, which was turned over to authorities who were investigating the allegations.
"The polygraph exam results were also supported by text messages, SnapChat photos and other evidence sent by the accuser to Mr. Syers, which discredited her accusations," Lomurro said. He said his client will ultimately be exonerated. It is still an ongoing investigation." He declined further comment.
The Domestic Abuse Bill will include the first ever government definition of domestic abuse, establish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner and introduce new domestic abuse protection orders.
A new civil order will allow courts to impose a range of restrictions, including banning individuals from contacting victims while the police investigate.
The Domestic Abuse Bill includes the power to make those given domestic abuse protection orders attend rehabilitation programs?when substance abuse was a factor, or other behavior change schemes. It will also give victims automatic eligibility for special measures in criminal courts, such as giving evidence behind screens.
And abusers may have to agree to regular polygraph testing as one of the conditions put in their release license from jail.
An estimated 1.2 million women and 713,000 men were victims of domestic abuse in the year to the end of March 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics.
National Police Chiefs' Council lead for domestic abuse, Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe, said: "Police have improved our response to domestic abuse across the country despite resource pressure and increasing demand. In the year ending March 2018, police attended more than one million incidents of domestic abuse and investigated almost 600,000 offences, yet we know many victims will still not come forward.
"Our job is to protect people and bring offenders to justice, but without effective support for victims and their families I am all too aware that some are left with a poor experience when they report abuse.
"We must work with others in education, probation, health, social care and housing to ensure support is joined up and intervention is effective. This Bill provides a key opportunity to achieve this."
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - After nearly 1 1/2 years in jail, and just as his trial was set to begin, a Muskegon teen has had a murder charge against him dropped.
New evidence shows that Antawan Dawan-Meshawn Beasley, 19, was not present when Melvin Totten was shot and killed on Feb. 12, 2018, said Matt Roberts, chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office.
In addition, Beasley took and passed a polygraph test during which he stated he was not present at the scene of the homicide, Roberts said. The information about the polygraph results was publicly released with the consent of Beasley's attorney, Joshua Eldenbrady, Roberts said. Eldenbrady declined to comment on the new development in the case.
The decision to dismiss the murder charge came as Beasley's trial was set to begin in Muskegon County Circuit Court this week. The trial was adjourned and then the charge dismissed, Roberts said.
2018 Mr. Olympia champ Shawn Rhoden was recently accused of sexual assault of a female bodybuilder. However, the story has gotten another layer, as reports defending Rhoden are coming in.
To recap the case thus far, Shawn Rhoden was accused of raping a female bodybuilder in a Utah hotel, at the end of 2018. According to reports, the female in question was forced into a situation where she was uncomfortable but could not leave. Finally, when Rhoden let her go, she claims to have gone directly to authorities. Here, she was administered a rape kit test, where DNA, and lacerations were found.
Despite this news, the case is developing further. According to a report from Ron Harris from Muscular Development, Rhoden was able to pass two different types of lie detector tests. This occurred shortly after the incident. In both instances, Rhoden maintained that the events were consensual in nature. However, the source of the alleged information is currently unknown.