McALLEN -- Federal prosecutors said Friday that they will not get involved in any case against an Aransas County judge seen thrashing his daughter in a video posted online, closing the door on the possibility of criminal charges in the case.
The video shows Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams angrily swearing as he whips the girl 17 times with a belt. His daughter, Hillary Adams, then 16, secretly recorded the incident in 2004.
Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said earlier Friday that he had discussed the video with a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's Corpus Christi office Friday morning.
Angela Dodge, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, said prosecutors determined that the video depicts no federal crime.
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On Thursday, Aransas County District Attorney Patrick Flanigan said that for charges such as injury to a child, the state statute of limitations expires after five years.
"I would expect that, yeah, charges would have been pursued but for the inability to proceed due to the statute of limitations," Flanigan said.
County Attorney Richard Bianchi said that for the next two weeks, a visiting judge would handle all cases pending in Adams' court, not just those involving Child Protective Services as originally planned. Adams often presides over child abuse cases.
"Now the issue is to wait on the actions of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct," Bianchi said, referring to a panel investigating the judge.
Hillary Adams, now 23, posted the eight-minute clip on YouTube last week. Adams, 51, says she posted it in retaliation for his telling her that he would reduce her financial support.