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Probation in jeopardy for kids-on-car-hood dad


By all accounts, Aaron Stefanski has kept himself out of trouble since he was given a suspended prison sentence for endangering the lives of four children by strapping them to the hood of a car to take them for a ride.

But his love of the game Dungeons & Dragons and his collection of weapons related to that game led to Allen County probation officers asking for his probation to be revoked.

In August 2012, the 30-year-old Stefanski, of the 200 block of East DeWald Street, was sentenced to a total of four years in prison; 2½ years of that sentence were served on probation, and 18 months were served on home detention.

At his sentencing, Stefanksi bore little resemblance to the disheveled man in the mugshot taken May 7, 2012, after his arrest.

Police arrested Stefanski and a friend, then-30-year-old Jessica Clark, after the manager of Belmont Beverage, 2116 Fairfield Ave., called police, having seen Stefanski secure four children to the hood with yellow tow straps. A deputy U.S. marshal in the area heard the call over his police radio and saw the car, with the children strapped to the hood, headed south on Fairfield.

Three of the children – two boys, then ages 4 and 5, and a girl, age 6 – were Stefanski’s. The other child, a then-7-year-old girl, was Clark’s.

When he was sentenced, Stefanski was working two jobs and in treatment for alcoholism.

According to court documents filed late last month, he has continued to work two jobs and is ahead in his financial obligations with no positive tests for drug or alcohol.

But there were those weapons, which he admitted to probation officers that he’d had to remove when he served his home detention sentence.

Even though they were “very dull,” probation officers noted that five minor children who lived in the home had access to the weapons, according to court documents.

Probation officers recommended a continued probation with an intermittent 30-day jail sentence. Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns held an initial hearing Thursday and set another hearing for this month.