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Sex offender expert Dr. Kurt Bumby arrested on molestation charges

Posted at 5:56 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 19:56:52-05

PHOENIX — Dr. Kurt Bumby, an expert on sex abusers and a consultant to the Arizona Court system, was arrested in Missouri on molestation charges which date back to 1989.

News of Bumby's arrest did not reach Arizona's Administrative Office of Courts until after the AOC presented a report co-authored by Dr. Bumby on changes he is recommending regarding who administers polygraphs to juveniles.

Currently, a probation officer or a treatment provider can administer the tests. Under the proposal presented to the Arizona Judicial Committee last week, only a court officer will be allowed to give the polygraph.

Dr. Bumby was last in Arizona on court related business November 15. He is nationally recognized for his work with sexual abusers and his advice is in frequent demand. But the charges against him raised enough concern the AOC contacted the National Center for State Courts to make sure the findings and recommendations are valid.

AOC, which paid $281,683 for the multi-year study says the work is consistent with other research.

Dr. Bumby's recommended changes still need to be officially adopted.