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Texas Judge Beating Daughter

November 4, 2011 by staff 

Texas Judge Beating Daughter, A Texas judge who presides over child abuse cases said Thursday that his daughter posted a YouTube video of him beating her years ago because he told her he was reducing her financial support and taking away her Mercedes.

Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, 51, issued a statement through his lawyer in which he questioned the motives of his 23-year-old daughter, Hillary Adams, in posting the secretly made 2004 video online last week. The three-page statement did not include an apology for the beating, in which the judge lashed his daughter’s legs with a belt 17 times while she begged him to stop.

Police launched an investigation Wednesday, and on Thursday, the state Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed it had requested that William Adams not handle any of its cases while it conducts its own probe.

Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said Thursday that Adams likely would have been charged with causing injury to a child and other assault offenses if the five-year statutes of limitations hadn’t expired.

Adams, Aransas County’s top judge, was elected in 2001 and has dealt with at least 349 family law cases in the last year alone.

In the video, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 2.4 million times, the judge lashes his then-16-year-old daughter. He told a TV station Wednesday that the video “looks worse than it is” and that he was just disciplining his child for using an illegal file-sharing program

Hillary Adams said support she has received since posting the clip last week is tempered by the sadness that it’s her father threatening to beat her “into submission.”

“I’m experiencing some regret because I just pulled the covers off my own father’s misbehavior after so many people thought he was such a good person. … But so many people are also telling me I did the right thing,” she said Wednesday.

She said the beating was not a one-time occurrence.

Her father’s statement said: “Just prior to the YouTube upload, a concerned father shared with his 23-year-old daughter that he was unwilling to continue to work hard and be her primary source of financial support if she was going to simply ‘drop out,’ and strive to achieve no more in life than to work part-time at a video game store.”

The statement said she warned her father if he reduced her financial support and took away her Mercedes, which he had provided, he would “live to regret it.”

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