East Texas sex offender counselor believes her work protects the community

Jean Stanley, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider
Jean Stanley, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Before convicted sex offenders face the community, they're handed down a list of requirements they must follow in order to stay out of jail.  For many, that means years of counseling from Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Providers like Jean Stanley, despite the backlash her job receives.

Law enforcement and probation officials say the advanced treatment options for sex offenders like regular check-ins with law enforcement and lie-detectors are there to protect the public.

"Obviously rehabilitation is a objective, but within the scope of rehabilitation there's a lot of research out there that shows what information is going to be helpful to sex offenders that would lower the likelihood that they would re-offend," said Stanley.

One component of treatment is required counseling.

"I try to find some level of connection to them, relate to them," said Stanley.

Word is spreading of her successes in dealing with these special type of clients, and it's increasing her caseload. She's seeing offenders from Rusk to Lufkin.

"Sex offenders as a whole are not the same. They are very different in scope and offense and origin of sexual deviance," said Stanley.

For instance, the Angelina County Probation Department can't speak more highly of her.  They say they're thrilled with the information she is able to get out of their offenders. That starts with their initial assessment.

"A sexual interest and treatment needs assessment. There's a social interview and background interview and sexual history," said Lisa Page, Angelina County Sex Offender Officer.

From there, therapy includes overcoming denial and uncovering why they committed the offense. It's a job Stanley is passionate about, but says sometimes it would be easier to lie about her profession since it's hard for people to understand.

"When they ask me why you do what you do, its not as much about the offenders - they need treatment too, number one, and number two, it's my contribution to the community," said Stanley.

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