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We are dedicated to providing professional polygraph services with integrity, objectivity and fairness to all of our clients.

John E. Odum, California Licensed Investigator
ohn E. Odum
California Licensed Investigator
Certified PCSOT Examiner
Certified Forensic Law
Enforcement Examiner

We are dedicated to providing professional polygraph services with integrity, objectivity and fairness to all of our clients.

John Odum, founder of Cuesta Polygraph, has over 30 years of criminal and civil investigation experience. He has conducted polygraph exams for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as for sexual offender treatment providers. He has conducted polygraph exams for district attorneys and public defender offices, including homicide and rape cases.

He is a certified Forensic Law Enforcement Examiner and a Certified Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT) Examiner. He is certified by the American Polygraph Association (APA), California Association of Polygraph Examiners (CAPE) and the American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP).

John is a retired California Police Officer. In addition, as a corporate investigator, he handled cases involving robbery, theft, embezzlement, fraud, sexual harassment and workplace violence throughout the U.S. and Canada.

John is currently the Vice President of the National Polygraph Association and on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Polygraph Examiners. He served as the Chair of the Law and Justice Committee for the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently an instructor at Marston Polygraph Academy. He is a recognized Polygraph Expert Witness in California Superior Court. He is also a guest lecturer at numerous schools and organizations including the State of California Department of Mental Health and the California Association of Licensed Investigators. John co-authored a published work regarding Civil Commitment Polygraph Testing for the Journal of the American Polygraph Association. He has completed over 1,000 forensic interviews and polygraph exams for the California State Hospital Sexually Violent Predator(SVP) Civil Commitment Program. John's work has assisted forensic psychologist state evaluators on high risk sex offender court cases.

Only scientific, evidence based polygraph exams are employed using validated techniques with the highest rates of reliability and validity in accordance with current guidelines established by the American Polygraph Association. John conducts quality control evaluation of other examiner's work, and has his exams reviewed for quality control on a regular basis.


Professional Memberships
AAPP American Association of Police Polygraphists, Nationally Certified Polygraph Examiner #3017
APA American Polygraph Association
CALI California Association of Licensed Investigators
CAPE California Association of Polygraph Examiners
CCOSO California Coalition on Sexual Offending
NPA National Polygraph Association