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Sex offenders treated at sexual arousal lab in Dorchester County

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A Dorchester County clinic uses an unusual method to treat child sex offenders. The clinic uses a special laboratory to measure the offender's sexual arousal level.

"A guy would much rather say I shot my grandmother than say I'm attracted to little boys or little girls," said Dr. William Burke, who runs the clinic. "You have to identify and own you're a pedophile or a child molester. You can't deny that, so we try to help them come to grips with really who they are."

As part of the treatment the offender looks at pictures of children and listens on headphones to stories of adults going after kids. The arousal level is measured on graphs.

A convicted sex offender we are calling "Mark" was court ordered to get treatment at the clinic.

"I would talk to women in an effort to get them to do things on the phone for my sexual gratification," Mark said. "It is humiliating, but you know it's something that needs to be done."

Burke said that doctors try to lessen a person's deviant sexual interest urges while promoting positive sexual urges. Burke said that is accomplished through counseling, therapy and pairing offenders with chaperones who go out with them in public to help them make the transition to a normal life.

"We try to lessen their deviant sexual interest urges while promoting positive sexual urges," Burke said.

He says his method is no magic bullet, but is getting results.

"With the data we keep here that we're producing, there's a lot of evidence that we've helped prevent further abuse," Burke said.

But with so many predators out there targeting children, Burke knows more offenders will be finding their way to his clinic.

"They look like everybody else. If they were easy to pick out of the group, we wouldn't have so many victims."

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