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Branson man pleads guilty to waterboarding kids

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#1 Mar 13, 2013
Branson man pleads guilty to waterboarding kids
Branson man pleads guilty to waterboarding kids
Branson man pleads guilty to waterboarding kids

According to a Forsyth eye witness,
the unnamed man described it as a learning experience for the four children.

A Branson 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 Taney County man's 9- and 12-year-old sons and two neighbor kids, ages 13 and 15, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

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.

In keeping with the plea agreement, District Judge Mark Orr, sentenced the man to 180 days in jail for each charge, all suspended. That amounts to two years of probation, minus the 80 days he has already spent in custody, the Branson Independent reported.

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

The man was arrested in December at the Branson airport after returning on a flight from Arkansaw.

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.

The two neighbor children told a Child Protective Services worker that the man also had waterboarded them, prosecutors said.

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

Investigators found some ammunition and three rifles, but authorities did not elaborate on what kinds of weapons specifically were found or suspected.

A Taney County Attorney said the plea deal was reached after a thorough review of the evidence. The agreement calls for deferring prosecution of the man on a charge of partner or family member assault

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