Police: No charges to be filed against judge in beating video

Police: No charges to be filed against judge in beating video

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In this Nov. 13, 2003, photo William Adams, Judge of the County Court At Law, listens to a prosecutor during a trial at the Aransas County Court House in Rockport, Texas. The Court-at-Law Judge told Corpus Christi television station KZTV on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, a YouTube video that shows him lashing his then-16-year-old daughter with a belt "looks worse than it is." (AP Photo/The Caller-Times, Mayra Beltran)

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by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN

Associated Press

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 4 at 2:24 AM

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas judge who was secretly videotaped beating his teenage daughter seven years ago won't face charges because the statutes of limitations have passed.

Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said Thursday that Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams likely would have been charged with causing injury to a child and other assault offenses if the five-year statutes of limitations hadn't expired.

Adams is still being investigated by the state Department of Family and Protective Services, which has requested he not preside over any of its cases.

Adams' 23-year-old daughter, Hillary, posted the 8-minute clip of the 2004 beating on YouTube last week that shows her father savagely lash her 17 times with a belt.

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