Reportedly, a Montana man who allegedly waterboarded four kids has pleaded guilty, according to a March 13 ABC top news report. The Jefferson County man, who said he was "teaching a lesson," avoided a jail sentence over the torture technique and received probation instead, despite threats to public officials.
In December, the 42-year-old man was arrested at a Helena airport after traveling from Alaska. Police booked him on felony charges for the man's part in waterboarding four kids, two of his own and two others in the neighborhood.
According to the man's girlfriend at the time, she broke her wrist and several fingers while she tried to stop the man from using the shocking torture technique.
She explained to prosecutors that her boyfriend described his acts as teaching learning lessons. Later, Child Protective Services were informed by two neighborhood teenagers that they too were waterboarded by the man.
In a surprise turn in the case, a plea deal was reached and the charges were dropped. Prosecutors say in return for the man's admission of guilt, the felony charges were reduced to four misdemeanor endangerment charges.
A judge then sentenced the man to 180 days in jail, but suspended his sentence and gave him credit for time served. And because the Montana man pleaded guilty to waterboarding kids, he got off on a two-year probation sentence.
Note: Police would not confirm allegations the man possesses body armor, assault rifles and armor-piercing bullets.