|William Albert Province|
A man was arrested, charged and now the man pleaded guilty to child abuse related charges after waterboarding his own children, according to court proceedings in Montana.
The Montana man who was accused of waterboarding four children as a learning experience for them has reached an agreement with prosecutors in which he will receive a sentence of probation.
The children are residents of Jefferson County. A 9 and 12-year-old child are the man’s own children and a 13 and 15-year-old child are neighbors of the man, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.
The 42-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors dropped felony charges that included threats made to public officials and others.
Under the plea agreement, District Judge James B. Wheelis will sentence the man to 180 days in jail on each count, all suspended. That equates to two years probation.
The man was arrested in December in the Helena airport after returning on a flight from Alaska.
His girlfriend at the time said he broke her wrist and fingers around December 5 when she tried to stop the waterboarding of their children, the court documents, said. She said the man straddled each child with his hands on the face and mouth and threw water on their face to simulate drowning, the court records, said.
The woman told investigators that the man described it as a learning experience for the children.
The two neighbor children told a Protective Services worker that the man had also waterboarded them, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said in court documents that a witness had reported that the man had body armor, assault rifles and armor-piercing ammunition.
Detectives found some ammunition and three rifles in his home.