A 42-year-old Helena man pleaded guilty Friday to four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child after waterboarding four children. Having a reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will receive probation, the man allegedly said incident was meant to be a learning experience for the kids.
The children were the Jefferson County man’s 9- and 12-year-old sons and two neighbor kids, ages 13 and 15. The Associated Press withheld the man’s name for fear it would identify his sons, minors who are victims of crime/abuse.
Court documents show the man’s girlfriend claimed he broke her wrist and some fingers when she tried to stop him from waterboarding the children in December. She said he straddled the boys with his hands over their face and mouth and dumped water on their faces to simulate drowning.
Waterboarding usually includes the use of a cloth over breathing passages to induce suffocation.
The two neighbor children told Child Protective Services that the man also waterboarded them, prosecutors said.
The man was arrested at the Helena Airport in December after returning from a trip to Alaska. In keeping with the plea agreement, the man was sentenced to 180 days in jail by District Judge James B. Wheelis. Minus the 80 days he spent in custody, the sentence will amount to two years probation. Prosecutors dropped charges that he had made threats against public officials and others.
Source: Yahoo News