A Montana man accused of waterboarding four children as a learning experience for them has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will receive probation. The children were the Jefferson County man's 9- and 12-year-old sons and two neighbor kids, ages 13 and 15, according to reports.
The 42-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to four misdemeanor counts
of endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors dropped felony
charges that included making threats against public officials and
others. His girlfriend at the time said he broke her wrist and some fingers
Dec. 5 when she tried to stop him from waterboarding his sons, court
documents said. She said the man straddled each boy with his hands over
the child's face and mouth, and dumped water on their faces to simulate
drowning, the records said.
The woman told investigators that the man described it as a learning experience for the boys.