ROCKPORT, Texas — A Texas judge seen viciously beating his then-teenage daughter in a video she posted online last year returned to the bench Wednesday after a yearlong suspension.
William Adams, the top judge in coastal Texas’ Aransas County, worked through a normal docket of juvenile cases, divorces and estate settlements on his first day back. He said nothing to address the incident that kept him off the bench for a year, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
The nearly 8-minute video was viewed millions of time on the Internet. In it, Adams is seen lashing his then-16-year-old daughter Hillary on her legs more than a dozen times and growing increasingly irate while she screams and refuses to turn over on a bed to be beaten. At one point the father screams: “Lay down or I’ll spank you in your (expletive) face.”