This undated file photo provided by the Aransas County, Texas, Court-at-Law website shows Aransas County Judge William Adams, who was suspended when a 2004 video was released on YouTube in 2011 showing Adams whipping his then-16-year-old daughter with a belt for illegally downloading music. The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, lifted its suspension of Adams, allowing him to return to his judicial duties in the Gulf Coast town of Rockport, Texas, immediately. (AP Photo/Aransas County, File)
ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — The Texas judge seen viciously beating his then-teenage daughter in a video she posted on the Internet last year is expected to return to the bench Wednesday after a yearlong suspension.
The Texas Supreme Court lifted Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams’ suspension last week. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued Adams a public warning in September. His first docket was scheduled for Wednesday.
As Aransas County’s top judge, Adams dealt with at least 349 family law cases in the year before his suspension, nearly 50 of which involved state caseworkers seeking to determine whether parents were fit to raise their children. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will no longer file physical abuse cases in his court.
The video was viewed by millions on the Internet.