11/2/2011 - 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. Police investigate Judge over disturbing online video.
Police investigate Judge over disturbing online video. 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.
Aransas County officials and Rockport police are reviewing a video recently posted on YouTube that shows a county court-at-law judge mercilessly beating his teenage daughter with a belt and cursing her as his former wife looked on.
“Obviously it is a very disturbing video. We in my office as well as everyone on earth is taking a look at it, at this time,” said Aransas County Attorney Richard Bianchi, who confirmed that the man wielding the belt in the video is County Court-at Law-Judge William Adams.
The seven-minute, 35-second video is dated 2004 and was purportedly posted by the judge's daughter, Hillary Adams, for acquiring music and games on internet sites her parents disapproved of, according to a note attached to it.
As of Wednesday morning, it had gone viral, being viewed more than half a million times.
It shows a T-shirted man repeatedly striking a teenage girl with a belt and commanding her to “bend the (expletive) over.”
A woman is heard going along with the beating, at one point shouting, “you turn over like a 16-year-old and take it, like a grown woman!”
The note accompanying the video said Hillary suffered from ataxic cerebral palsy that fueled a passion for technology that was forbidden by her father's “backward” views.
It urges compassion for the mother, who has since left the marriage.
“Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can't even exercise fit judgment as a parent himself,” the note says. Adams did not immediately return a call left to his office. A Corpus Christi television news organization, KRIS-TV, quoted the judge admitting he was the man in the video and saying, “It happened years ago … I apologized.” The station also quoted Hillary Adams saying she published the video after sitting on it for seven years because “his harassment was getting really bad.”
Although the video has now been posted by many YouTube users, what appears to be the original video was shared online Oct. 27, according to the website. The YouTube user, “shoehedgie,” has previously posted several other videos since she joined the video sharing site in 2006, including homemade videos of a female — first a young girl, then later a teen and an adult — playing the piano. Captions identify her as Hillary Adams.
Thousands of comments to it have been posted, sharing personal stories of child abuse and blasting the judge. Several urged viewers to file complaints to the Aransas County Sheriff's Office and others, even including Adams' home and cell phone information.
In a Wednesday announcement, Aransas County Judge Burt Mills Jr. said the video matter is “under review” by Rockport police and asked the public to refrain from calling county offices about it.
“I know that the police are involved. I do not know if the Texas Rangers are involved,” said Bianchi, who cut short a trip to Austin on Wednesday to deal with the issue. “Judge Adams remains on the bench” and has agreed with Bianchi to let a visiting judge hear any cases involving children for at least the next week, Bianchi said.
Mary Walker, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said the agency was aware of the video, was investigating and “will take appropriate steps.”
Bianchi, who prosecutes misdemeanor offenses, said it was premature to speculate about what, if anything, might result from the police probe.
“I don't know if I will have a role in this. When the police conduct their investigation, and if they bring anything, we'll review it, and consider the statutes of limitations,” he said.
The video of the beating already appears in numerous online sites and has also spawned at least four Face Book pages including “Prosecute Judge Adams,” and “Don't Re-elect Judge Adams.”
The executive director of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, which oversees judges in Texas, would not confirm that the agency was receiving complaints about Adams.
“We can't confirm we've received any complaints or are investigating any judge,” Executive Director Seana Willing said.
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The 23-year-old daughter of a Texas family law judge says that she feels some regret about posting online video of her father violently beating her with a belt several years ago but that she hopes it forces him to get help.
The clip posted last week on YouTube shows Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams lashing his then-teenage daughter 17 times on the legs.
"I'm feeling some regret for publishing the video because to ruin my own father is heavy indeed. But I really want him to seek help," the person identifying herself as Hillary Adams tweeted on a Twitter account.
In another tweet moments later, the person said, "Please spread the word that my father needs professional help and not hatred. We can offer him the tools to be a better person."
Rockport, Texas, Police Chief Tim Jayroe said Wednesday that his department has launched an investigation after receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens who saw the video uploaded onto YouTube.
“Obviously it is a very disturbing video. We in my office as well as everyone on earth is taking a look at it, at this time,” Aransas County Attorney Richard Bianchi told the Houston Chronicle.
'I lost my temper'
A message posted with the clip said Hillary Adams, 16 at the time the video was made, suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy and that the beating took place because she used the Internet to illegally download music and games that weren't available for legal purchase at the time.
Judge William Adams Beats His Daughter For Using The Internet