Judge Shown Beating Daughter in Viral Video Temporarily Banned From Seeing Youngest Child
The clip of a Texas family law judge hitting his then-teen with a belt has been watched more than 6.3 million times since she uploaded it two weeks ago.
A Texas family law judge has been banned from seeing his under a temporary restraining order after a video of him whipping his older daughter went viral.
The 10-year-old girl's mother, Hallie Adams, filed a motion last week with a seven-page affidavit alleging that her ex-husband, William Adams, frequently engaged in emotional, verbal and physical abuse, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times. She also reportedly claims he used drugs and alcohol while serving as a judge.
A district court issued the temporary restraining order -- which prevents him from seeing the girl unless her mother is present, pending further court hearings -- late Thursday. Hallie's court filing seek to end Adams' contact with the younger daughter for good.
The move came in the wake of Adams' 23-year-old daughter, Hillary, uploading a video to YouTube that showed him repeatedly hitting her with a belt when she was 16 as she pleads with him to stop. She said she hoped the video forced her father to admit he was abusive and seek help. But Adams said she was not injured as a result of the beating, which was punishment for her illegally downloading music and games from the Internet.
In the two weeks since the video has been on YouTube, it has racked up more than 6.3 million views.
The district attorney will not file charges against Adams based on the video, saying the statute of limitations has expired. But the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has launched its own investigation and could take action, including removing him from the bench. He has not responded to public calls for his resignation.
William and Hallie Adams, who divorced in 2007 after 22 years of marriage, share joint custody of the 10-year-old. He is not hearing cases, at least for now.
Another hearing is set for Nov. 21.