Judge caught beating his child won't be prosecuted

Hillary Adams (Photo: CNN)
Hillary Adams (Photo: CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) – A Texas judge who was caught on camera beating his daughter will not face criminal charges.

Hillary Adams, 16 at the time, recorded the video, but waited until she was 23-years-old to post it. A district attorney in the state says too much time has passed for any charges to be filed.

"I decided to release the tape now after these seven years because I just finally snapped," Adams said. "It wasn't any carefully planned orchestration or anything like that, and I didn't really mean for anything huge to come of it."

Family court Judge William Adams admits that he was the one doing the beating in the video.

"In my mind I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing," Judge Adams said. "I did lose my temper, but I've since apologized, it looks worse than it is. There's a story behind it and it will come out in due time."

Judge Adams has temporarily resigned from his post and faces a judicial conduct probe. And while he may not face any legal consequences for beating, he could end up losing his job. He is up for re-election in three years.

Police say the video provides evidence of a crime called injury to a child, but there's a five-year statute of limitations on that crime.

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