Using waterboarding as corporal punishment in Jefferson City, Montana
In December 2012, William Albert Province faced charges over using waterboarding as corporal punishment in Jefferson City, Montana. The waterboarding incident is alleged to have been observed on December 5, 2012, but Province wasn't arrested until December 18, when he returned from Alaska.
According to the Digital Journal when the woman who observed the waterboarding tried to intervene Province broke her wrist and two of her fingers. Province is reported that he intended the waterboarding to serve as a "learning experience". An affadavit filed on December 5, 2012, says Province waterboarded four boys.. The affadavit said that Province owned military grade body armor and several assault rifles, and armor piercing ammunition, and had said he was "ready to fight with law enforcement officials." The affadavit said that Province told one of his sons "when he gets back on Wednesday, he is going to the school, the Child Protective Services office, and the foster parent's house and he will take care of everything and everyone."
Many news services said his alleged victims could not be identified, but CBS News reports that two of the four boys were his own children. KXLF TV reports the woman who reported the incident was Province's girlfriend. KRTV TV reports the boys were aged nine years old, and up, and that the waterboarding session occurred in his home, and took over an hour. His bail has been set at $200,000.
- Brett Wilkins (2012-12-21). "Montana police: man waterboarded boys, made school gun threat". Digital Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://liveweb.archive.org/http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/339575. Retrieved 2012-12-24. "The affidavit states that on December 5, a woman walked in on Province waterboarding two boys at a home near Jefferson City. According to the witness, Province straddled one of the boys with his hands over the child's face and mouth while pouring water over his face."
- Charlie Misra (2012-12-19). "Man arrested on warrant at Airport". NBC News. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.beartoothnbc.com%2Fnews%2Fhelena%2F30131-man-arrested-on-warrant-at-airport.html&date=2012-12-24. "A man who had a warrant out for his arrest is in custody today in the Lewis and Clark County Jail."
- "William Province Arrested for Waterboarding Two Boys". Opposing Views. 2012-12-21. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.opposingviews.com%2Fi%2Fsociety%2Fcrime%2Fwilliam-province-arrested-waterboarding-two-boys%3Futm_source%3DOV%2BNewsletter%2BList%2B2%26utm_campaign%3D58050a6edb-OV_Newsletter_Dec_2412_24_2012%26utm_medium%3Demail&date=2012-12-24. "Province appeared in court on Thursday morning on charges of partner or family member assault, felony intimidation and one misdemeanor count of assault on a minor."
- "Father charged with waterboarding children claims it was a 'learning experience'". Daily Mail. 2012-12-21. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Farticle-2251887%2FFather-charged-waterboarding-children-claims-learning-experience.html%3Fito%3Dfeeds-newsxml&date=2012-12-24. "According to court records seen by the website the woman described how Province would straddle a boy with his hands over the child’s face and mouth and dump water on the face."
- Sanjay Talwani (2012-12-19). "Man charged with school threat, waterboarding". Helena Independent Record. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8301-504083_162-57560499-504083%2Fwilliam-province-montana-man-accused-of-waterboarding-4-boys-report-says%2F&date=2012-12-24. "The witness also told deputies Province had military-grade armor, armor-piercing ammunition and several assault rifles and was ready to fight with law enforcement officials."
- "William Province, Montana man accused of "waterboarding" 4 boys, report says". CBS News. 2012-12-21. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8301-504083_162-57560499-504083%2Fwilliam-province-montana-man-accused-of-waterboarding-4-boys-report-says%2F&date=2012-12-24. "Police arrested a 42-year-old Montana man Tuesday evening for allegedly "waterboarding" four young children, two of whom were his own, CBS affiliate KXLF reports."
- Melissa Anderson (2012-12-20). "Jefferson County man charged with waterboarding children". KXLF TV. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kxlf.com%2Fnews%2Fjefferson-county-man-charged-with-waterboarding-children%2F&date=2012-12-24. "The affidavit goes on to say that while Province was in the process of waterboarding the fourth child, his girlfriend walked in and tried to stop him. He then allegedly held her arm behind her back so tight that she received a broken wrist and two broken fingers."
- Melissa Anderson (2012-12-20). "Jefferson County man charged for allegedly "waterboarding" children". KRTV TV. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.krtv.com%2Fnews%2Fjefferson-county-man-charged-for-allegedly-waterboarding-children%2F&date=2012-12-24. "According to the complaint, the children, ages 9 and up, were subjected to a water torture type technique used in the military. The entire process took place over about an hour's time at the man's home in the Wickes area."
- Sanjay Talwani (2012-12-21). "http://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/william-province-accused-of-subjecting-boys-to-simulated-drowning/article_36dd669a-4b2f-11e2-bce9-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true". Montana Standard. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmtstandard.com%2Fnews%2Fstate-and-regional%2Fwilliam-province-accused-of-subjecting-boys-to-simulated-drowning%2Farticle_36dd669a-4b2f-11e2-bce9-001a4bcf887a.html%3Fcomment_form%3Dtrue&date=2012-12-24. "Helena police arrested Province on Tuesday night as he got off a plane at Helena Regional Airport. He remains in Jefferson County Detention Center in Boulder with bail at $200,000."
- Charles Poladian (2013-03-13). "William Albert Province, Man Accused Of Waterboarding Children, Pleads Guilty, Gets Probation". International Business News. Archived from the original on 2015-05-20. https://web.archive.org/web/20150520174503/http://www.ibtimes.com/william-albert-province-man-accused-waterboarding-children-pleads-guilty-gets-probation-1123023. "According to prosecutors, Province was accused of waterboarding four children as a “learning experience,” reports the Associated Press. The children involved included Province’s 9- and 12-year-old sons, as well two children, ages 13 and 15, who were neighbors. District Judge James B. Wheelis sentenced Province to 180 days in jail, although that will be suspended and he will serve two years of probation minus the 80 days that he spent in jail, reports the Independent Record."
- Gabrielle Levy (2013-03-13). "Man waterboarded kids, gets probation". United Press International. Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20130314190121/http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/03/13/Man-waterboarded-kids-gets-probation/5451363183931/. Retrieved 2015-05-20. "A Montana man who admitted to waterboarding a child was sentenced to two years probation as part of plea deal in which he copped to making threats against public officials."