Judge filmed beating disabled daughter is suspended
An American family law judge whose disabled daughter released a video of him beating her has been suspended from his job.
Arkansas County Judge William Adams and his wife were filmed in 2004 hitting their then 16-year-old daughter Hillary with a leather belt.
The footage of the attack was released last week on YouTube by the now 23-year-old Hillary, who had secretly filmed it following earlier beatings.
It has now been viewed almost four million times.
The film shows the judge, who deals with child abuse cases, lashing at his daughter's legs with a belt 17 times as a punishment for using an illegal file-sharing programme on her computer.
He repeatedly tells her to "bend over the bed" before shouting: "Lay down or I'll spank you in your f****** face."
Hillary, who has ataxic cerebral palsy, is heard screaming and crying while her father ignores her pleas for him to stop.
A few minutes into the video, her mother is heard saying "turn over like a 16-year-old and take it. Like a grown woman".
Later she also takes the belt and uses it to hit her daughter.
At the end of the film, the judge warns his daughter: "If I hear so much as you raise your f****** voice to me or your mother... or you do one thing, or even look at me f****** wrong, I'm gonna take you and I'm gonna wear your f****** ass out with this belt."
Hillary Adams said she now has mixed feelings about posting the clip. "I'm experiencing some regret because I just pulled the covers off my own father's misbehaviour 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 earlier this week.
Police in Texas have launched an investigation and yesterday 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.