FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Indiana man convicted of child abuse for forcing his
grandsons on a grueling hike in the Grand Canyon is seeking relief from the U.S.
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals had rejected Christopher Alan Carlson’s
argument that the evidence was insufficient and that the jury wasn’t instructed
Carlson filed a petition for review with the nation’s highest court in late
November. The U.S. government has waived its right to respond.
Carlson was convicted on three counts of child abuse stemming from a 19-mile
hike in August 2011 and sentenced to 27 months in prison. He was acquitted of
abuse charges stemming from another hike that month.
Carlson acknowledges treating his three grandsons roughly but denies being
criminally negligent or endangering them.