Man waterboarded kids: A man last week pleaded guilty for waterboarding four children and received two years of probation.
A father in Montana this week admitted he waterboarded four boys, including his own sons, as a form of punishment.
William Albert Province, from southwestern Jefferson County, was sentenced to two years of probation on Friday, reported The Independent Record. He initially faced felony charges, including for reportedly making threats against public officials when he was arrested back in December.
Province pleaded guilty on four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to The Associated Press, court records say that he waterboarded his 9- and 12-year-old boys as well as two neighbor children aged 13 and 15.
Province’s girlfriend walked in on him as he was simulating the drowning of his sons by pouring water over their faces, court records said. The woman then told local authorities of the incident, and two other children also told Child Protective Services that Province had waterboarded them.
The Independent also reported that when Province was arrested, a witness said that he had body armor, several assault rifles, and armor-piercing bullets.
It was previously reported that when the woman told investigators that Province used the method as a “learning experience,” according to the Daily Mail tabloid.
Last August, reports said that a pediatrician in Delaware also waterboarded his daughters as the mother stood by and observed.
Waterboarding involves pouring water over a cloth covering a person’s face to simulate the experience of drowning. It can potentially cause lung damage, brain damage, and other physical injuries.
In 2007, it was reported that the CIA used waterboarding as part of their interrogation process on terror suspects. In 2009, President Barack Obama banned using the method and other forms of torture during interrogations.
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