A disturbing video uploaded to Youtube last week showing a Texas judge severely beating his disabled teenage daughter has sparked an uproar on the internet and an investigation into the judge.

The video, recorded in 2004 but uploaded last week, shows Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams – a family judge nonetheless – repeatedly beating his daughter with a belt because she had downloaded music from the internet.

Adams acknowledged he is the man in the video, but told a Texas radio station that “it’s not as bad as it looks.”

Judge Adams told us, “It happened years ago.. I apologized.”

When asked if he thought the conduct in the video was excessive, Judge Adams said, “It’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”


The Aransas County Courthouse posted the following press release on its website today, acknowledging they have seen the video:

ARANSAS COUNTY, TEXAS – Judge Burt Mills has today announced that Aransas County is aware of the video posted on YouTube regarding County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, and the matter is now under review by the Police Department. Please refrain from communication with County offices or the Sheriff’s Department on this matter until the review has been completed. Calls, emails, and faxes only create disruptions for other ongoing county business. The public’s cooperation would be most appreciated.

The daughter in the video is Hillary Adams, who has cerebral palsy and was 16 at the time of the beating.

This is what she wrote in the Youtube description:

2004: Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time. She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father’s backwards views. The judge’s wife was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video. The judge’s wife has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day, and has sincerely apologized and repented for her part and for allowing such a thing, long before this video was even revealed to exist. Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can’t even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His “judgement” is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter.

This is what she wrote on Reddit:

It’s definitely me. 🙂 I was holding onto the video until the right time, and after a barrage of harassment from my father over the phone, I snapped and finally uploaded it. Now I’m sorry I didn’t do it sooner.

Texas is a one-party consent state, meaning you are allowed to record people without their knowledge, even if they have an expectation of privacy.

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