Man Waterboarded Kids as "Learning Experience," Gets Arrested in Montana

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A Montana man accused of waterboarding four kids "as a learning experience for them" has reached a plea deal in which he will receive probation.

Waterboarding Guy Mug Shot

The children were the Jefferson County man's 9- and 12-year-old sons and two neighbor kids, ages 13 and 15, according to court documents.

The 42-year-old man pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to 180 days for each charge.

The sentences were suspended, however, pending two years of probation, minus 80 days already spent in custody, the Independent Record reported.

Prosecutors dropped felony charges including making threats against public officials.

Officials are withholding his name because it doesn't identify minors who are victims of crime or abuse, and releasing the man's name would ID his sons.

He was arrested in December at the Helena airport after returning from Alaska.

His girlfriend at the time said he broke her wrist and some fingers December 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, records indicate.

The woman told investigators that the man described it as a learning experience.

The two neighbor children said that the man also had waterboarded them.

Prosecutors said in court records that a witness had reported that the man had body armor, assault rifles and armor-piercing ammunition at home.