Polygraph Reveals History of Prostitute Solicitation
In one of the more unusual Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals cases, a clearance holder had his eligibility revoked after a polygraph interview revealed he had engaged in sexual services of prostitutes, both in the United States and overseas, on and off for over 12 years while holding a security clearance. Here are the highlights of the case:
This DoD contractor had held a security clearance since 2003 without incident and worked for his current employer for 19 years. In May of 2017 the contractor was required to undergo a polygraph interview in order to work on another agency’s project. During the course of the interview the contractor admitted to having solicited prostitutes for sexual services on at least 27 occasions. The other agency subsequently revoked clearance eligibility based on Guideline D: Sexual Behavior, Guideline J: Criminal Conduct, and Guideline E: Personal Conduct. Even after having his clearance revoked, he continued to engage in this behavior. During the 2017 interview he claimed since it was legal in the foreign countries where he was at then it was not a concern. He never reported any of this information during the years he had a security clearance.
The DOHA judge opined the contractor had not mitigated any of the concerns identified and upheld the revocation. The decision summary cited his 12-year history of sexual misconduct and poor judgement, immaturity, and total disregard for the law. Also noted was the fact he most certainly received an initial and annual security briefings and knew the behavior was high risk and made him susceptible as a target for exploitation by foreign national adversaries. As always, any doubts about a person’s eligibility for access to classified information will always be resolved in favor of national security.