It is listed as a tool for court-ordered sex offender treatment in the official standards of California, Illinois, Texas, and other states. Over the last 20 years, Abel estimates his assessment has been administered more than , times. A phone call seeking comment from Haine was not returned. From through , he oversaw a team that conducted one of the largest studies of sex offenders to date. Mental health professionals often spend hours interviewing convicted and alleged child molesters and other sex offenders, but they also rely on measurement tools to gather psychological information that a patient might not want to share: As a part of that evaluation, he took the Abel Assessment. Dixon said one Ohio court found that the law violates the U. When people are accused of sexually abusing children, this computerized test can help to decide their fates—in decisions about probation and parole, in custody battles, and even in criminal trials. But a handful of groups in Illinois oppose the law, saying it would actually decrease public safety by concentrating police resources on sex offenders — many of whom are unlikely to reoffend. He favors loud ties, suspenders, and frumpy little one-liners. Situational offenders have a tendency to offend in times of stress and usually have fewer victims than pedophilic offenders; pedophilic offenders often begin offending at an early age, according to statistics compiled by the child sexual abuse prevention organization Darkness to Light. Abel is now in the midst of expanding his business with another proprietary testing tool, The Diana Screen, which is marketed to non-clinicians with the purpose of preventing molestation. At 76, Abel has devoted the majority of his psychiatric career to the minds of those whom many consider the least redeemable. At the same time, if the test can be easily beaten by actual pedophiles, who study how to control the length of time they linger on each image, then it could put children at risk.