The Polygraph Results

The Polygraph Results
Dr. Phil has advice for learning to bond with a child you don't like.

Mikai willingly meets with Jamie Skeeters, president of the California Association of Polygraph Examiners, who will be administering Mikai's polygraph test. Mr. Skeeters is one of only 50 examiners in the country who is certified to test sexual offenders.

"I want you to know that I am not the enemy. I'm not going to interrogate you or drill you, I am only going to measure your responses to certain questions," Mr. Skeeters tells Mikai, explaining that the polygraph works on fear that you're going to

get caught in a lie. "Fear being an emotion that will stimulate certain changes within your body — things like the heartbeat, blood pressure, your breathing." The polygraph instruments record these changes. "There is no such thing on a polygraph as a little lie, a medium lie or a whopper. A lie is a lie," Mr. Skeeters informs Mikai.


He hooks Mikai up to the polygraph equipment and asks him numerous questions. After the three-hour test, Mikai returns to the studio to talk with Dr. Phil and his family.

"Is there anything you want to say, anything you want to tell me before I open the results of this examination?" Dr. Phil asks Mikai.

"No," Mikai replies.

"You understand that this is a very scientific process. That's why it's taken so very long. And before this test was given, there was a lot of background information explained to you. Definitions about what 'sexual' meant, about what 'molestation' meant, so there's no confusion about what the questions were or what the results were," Dr. Phil makes clear to Mikai. The first question asked to Mikai was whether or not he ever touched his sister's vagina or breasts with the pre-understanding that this was meant as a sexual activity. "Your answer was 'no,' and the results indicate strong deception on your part. The results indicate that you have in fact

touched her in a sexual way on her vagina and/or breasts."

"I want him dead now or later!" an angered Brad responds. "You better talk!"

"What am I supposed to say?" a confused Mikai replies.


"Don't smile about it!" Brad shouts. "That's my daughter. I love her more than anything, and you know that. You have lied to us so bad. I thought the last six months have been hell, living with you and putting up with you. I have no idea now. And now my life is going to be more hell because now I've got to deal with this crap."

Dr. Phil addresses Mikai. "Are you still maintaining that this is wrong?"

"I haven't ever. I haven't," Mikai refutes.

Dr. Phil is incredulous. "You're still saying that this just never happened?"

"I don't know where, I don't know."

"Mikai, I want to help you. You are a full-grown man. You are 19 years old. You have to be accountable. I don't want you to throw your life away," Dr. Phil says. "At what point are you going to step up and own what's going on here?" Dr. Phil reiterates that Mikai and Mr. Skeeters discussed the definitions of different activities so there should have been no confusion during the questioning. "Are you still going to tell me this isn't the case?" When Mikai says no Dr. Phil continues. "You said it never happened. I read you the results and you said, 'No, it didn't happen.' Are you still saying it didn't happen?" Mikai says no and looks away. "Sit up and look at me. What are you saying?"

"That it did," Mikai replies.

"When?" Dr. Phil continues. "Tell me what happened. Own it right now."

Brad is upset and interjects, "I can't do this. I can't do it."

Dr. Phil continues trying to get Mikai to admit to his behavior. "I may be the only friend you've got in this room. I don't want to throw your life away. I don't want you to continue in this denial and oblivion," he tells Mikai. He reads more answers from the test. When Mikai was asked if he ever had sex with anyone against her will or if he ever had sex with anyone under the age of 14, he said no; the test results revealed clear deception for both.

He was asked if he was lying when he said that he was molested at age 9 by an older female, and the result was inconclusive.

"You have the puzzled look on your face like, 'Gee golly, I just don't understand. I just can't quite remember when I may have done something inappropriate with my little sister,'" Dr. Phil says. "The first step in you having a chance to claim your life, to have a chance to live and be productive in this society, is to acknowledge what's going on in your life." Dr. Phil reminds Mikai that earlier he denied the accusations that everyone has made against him, but now the test is confirming most of them. "I bring you the top polygraph operator in the country and he says the same thing and you're saying wrong again?"

"You better talk to him because you're dead to us," Brad steams.

"What am I supposed to do?" Mikai cries.

"Do you acknowledge that these findings are true?" Dr. Phil asks, and Mikai says yes. "Do you acknowledge that you tried to lie on the test?" Mikai says yes again.

"Mikai, look at me. You're not a monster. You're sick. You have a sickness," Dr. Phil tells him. "You have been both victim and

perpetrator. You need help. I'm not here to condemn you." He turns to Brad and Kenda. "I understand your emotions. I do. I don't ask any more from you right now," he says. "I get that. I get that you don't have anything to give right now."

Dr. Phil continues with Mikai. "I'm offering to help you but you've got to be honest. I don't hate you, I'm not judging you, but I came here with one mission in mind, and that was to protect this family and to protect your little sister," he explains to Mikai. "Don't you want her protected?"

"Yes," Mikai says.

Dr. Phil tries to comfort Mikai, reminding him that he hasn't, for example, left dead bodies scattered throughout the neighborhood. "That's not who you are, but that can be where you are headed if you don't grab onto this and find your way out of this. And you can't do it alone. There is no limit to what I will bring you in terms of professionals that will help you ... I will stand by you and help you any way. But I am going to protect your little sister, I don't care what it takes."

Dr. Phil looks to Brad and Kenda. "I will do this for your son. If you never speak to him again, I don't care," he says

"Tell me what's in your mind and heart right now?" Dr. Phil says to Brad and Kenda.

"Deep down I knew this day was coming," Brad confesses. "I don't want to be a part of his life right now. We've got a lot that we have to deal with right now. I know our paths were forked and he would go another way today ... But I'm feeling a hurt that's incredible."

Kenda shares her thoughts. "I never thought I would give birth to a sexual predator. That my love and my nurturing and what I taught him right from wrong, that he could grow up to be this way," Kenda

says. "As much anger I have inside of me and how much hurt, I want him to know that I don't love him any less than I love his other brothers and his little sister. And that's why we're here, because I want him to get help now at 19 instead of him being a 40-year-old man spending 20-40 years in prison for a sex crime."

"I want the day to come where he'll come to us broken in such a way that we'll know that the monster is gone. I know it can happen," Brad adds.

"He has a lot of work to do and he has a lot of people that we need to ask for forgiveness — not just the young girls that he's hurt, but his brothers, his family, friends," Kenda comments.

Mikai's brothers share their thoughts. "I'm tired, emotionally, physically of him, and I'm sick and tired of going to a therapist and talking about him. I'm glad that it's finally out and that we're finally at the part where we can come downhill," he says.

"He's not going to get my forgiveness for a while," another brother adds.

Mikai's youngest brother says, "I kind of feel like he's never going to get my forgiveness. I hate him more now than I've ever hated anybody or anything in my life. I could care less what happened to him. I just want to feel like I never met him," he says.

When Dr. Phil asks Mikai if he has anything to say, he replies, "There's nothing I can say. I can't say sorry because that's not going to be good enough. I'm willing to change. I'm ready to."

"Isn't there even a little part of you that is glad it's over?" Dr. Phil asks, referring to the lies Mikai's been hiding.

"Yes," Mikai admits.

"Will you take the help that I'm offering?" Dr. Phil asks and Mikai says yes. "I'm not going to hate you, I'm going to help you," Dr. Phil makes clear. He addresses Brad and Kenda. "I so admire and acknowledge your courage in not taking no for an answer from all the places you reached for help." He reassures them that Mikai won't have access to his little sister, and treatment will be arranged for Mikai and the family.