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  • 03/11/2011 Make a Comment (5)
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POLICE are investigating a family law judge after his disabled daughter posted a YouTube video of him savagely beating her with a belt.

The judge dealt with at least 50 cases last year in which he had to preside over whether parents were fit to care for their children.

The nearly 8-minute video, which had been viewed more than 600,000 times since it was uploaded last week, shows County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams lashing his then-16-year-old daughter in the legs more than a dozen times and growing increasingly irate while she screams and refuses to turn over on a bed to be beaten.

"Lay down or I'll spank you in your (expletive) face," Judge Adams screams.

His daughter, Hillary, wails and pleads for him to stop.

Family law Judge William Adams in the YouTube clip posted by his daughter Hillary shows his lash out at his daughter with a belt during a prolonged attack pictured on a webcam.

Rockport police chief Tim Jayroe, near Houston, said he has asked the Texas Rangers to assist in investigating whether the video shows anything criminal happened.

He said his department began investigating after receiving phone calls from several concerned people who watched the secretly recorded 2004 video.

William Adams - All smiles as he is let off off with a Public Warning

The Adams family is yet to comment, but the 51-year-old judge told Corpus Christi television station KZTV the video "looks worse than it is," and that he did not expect to be disciplined or punished.

"In my mind, I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing," Judge Adams said.

"And I did lose my temper, but I've since apologised."

Hillary Adams told AP that her father became irate after she was caught illegally downloading media files she hadn't paid for.

She said she feels some regret over posting the video because she said she doesn't want to see her father punished, but that she hopes it will spur him to seek help.

"He's supposed to be a judge who exercises fit judgment," she said.

Sheriff Bill Mills said that since the video was posted, William Adams has received threatening phone calls and faxes at the courthouse.

"People are upset, understandably upset. But emotions can't really run this thing," Sheriff Mills said.

A neighbor of the Judge said watched as he packed to leave with bags, a briefcase, clothes and rifles, which his girlfriend carried to the truck.

In the video, Adams is apparently unaware the camera is on when he enters the room, turns off the light and tries forcing his daughter onto the bed to be beaten.

"Go get the belt. The big one. I'm going to spank her now," Judge Adams is heard saying in the clip's opening seconds.

A few minutes into the video, a woman appears and barks at the girl to "turn over like a 16-year-old and take it! Like a grown woman!"

For about a minute, the ordeal appears to have ended after both adults leave the room and shut the door. But the judge then storms back into the room and the beating resumes.

Hillary Adams said she set up the camera because she knew "something was about to happen."

Toward the end of the video, her father shouts that he plans to beat the girl "into submission" and rants about having a computer in the house and the problems it causes.

The video ends with the adult woman telling her to leave the room and sleep on the sofa.

Elected in 2001, Adams draws an annual salary of $US138,055 as the county's top judge.

He dealt with at least 349 family law cases in the past year, nearly 50 of which involved state caseworkers seeking to determine whether parents were fit to raise their children.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said it was aware of the video and "will take the appropriate steps in this matter".

Colleague and fellow attorney Steve Fischer described the judge as fair and a "better than average" judge.

He said Adams sometimes showed anger, but not in a way that would be considered unusual.

Children's advocates roundly condemned the beating as abuse. However, investigators may decide that the judge's actions, while shocking to many, weren't criminal.

While the definitions of child abuse and acceptable levels of discipline varied across the US, the use of objects including belts and sticks was seen as beyond any normal physical punishment, said Crimes against Children Research Center sociologist David Finkelhor.

But Harvard's psychology clinical instructor, and a fellow child abuse expert Jim Hopper, said there is no doubt that the judge's actions crossed the line.

"This is an act of brutal violence," Mr Hopper said.

"To beat someone into submission is not discipline. To beat a child into submission makes it harder for that child to take in rules and the values that the parent believes they are imposing on the child."

Hillary Adams' parents divorced in 2007 after 22 years of marriage, according to court records.

The divorce petition states that "the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities," but a counter-petition filed by Adams' ex-wife states that the divorce was filed under grounds of "mental cruelty."

Court records show that the couple had another daughter who was six at the time.

UPDATE: (10/8/2012)


    By:Crazy horse from christchurch, nz on May 21, 2014 @ 7:41 pm
    People have to remember many in power & authority are into cruel, wicked and sadistic pleasure & punishment rituals. If only we could see behind the curtain with everyone else in power. Now this would be an eye opener. High court judges & anyone (male/ female) who acts sanctimonious & you would say 'oh no, not them' are candidates for abuse. This guys got a screw loose & should have lost his title as judge. It's a shame & mockery. What of this poor girl now?
    By:Bewitched from Vic, Australia on February 11, 2014 @ 8:27 am
    This judge is a good lesson for all those who wish to be judged before one as it shatters that sanctimonious god like almighty wise persona that we have all been conditioned to believe about such authority figures outside of ourselves.
    By:Willie from Texas, US on February 10, 2014 @ 9:07 pm
    anyon now were dis judge lives? me & da boyz would lik 2 meet dis judge
    By:magic mike from Sth Aust, Aust on February 10, 2014 @ 7:08 pm
    Right on weazle haven't seen this caught in the act vid before. What an absolute disgrace!!! Abuse like this is not criminal? HA you've got to be joking. This judge shouldn't have been suspended with pay, then allowed to return to the bench after a year long paid vacation (courtesy of taxpayers) with only been given a PUBLIC WARNING as if nothing had ever happened. Are you serious!!! He should have been put behind bars mate for the most simplest reason ever, he should have known better!!! So how do you say Jury? GUILTY YOUR HONOUR!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!!

    By:Weazle from queensland, Australia on February 10, 2014 @ 9:28 am
    Sick man and these low lifes preside over us an our kids. u got to be kidding

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