A Texas judge who was caught on video beating his daughter says he was simply disciplining his then 17-year-old.
"In my mind, I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing," Judge William Adams told a Corpus Christi television station. "And I did lose my temper, but I've since apologized."
The video of Adams, 51, appeared on the Internet after the daughter, Hillary Adams, uploaded it.
Hillary Adams, now 23, told the Associated Press that she has since had mixed feelings about making the video public.
"I'm experiencing some regret,” she told the AP, “because I just pulled the covers off my own father's misbehavior after so many people thought he was such a good person … But so many people are also telling me I did the right thing."
Adams added, however, that she has received an outpouring of support since uploading the video.
The video shows William Adams lashing his daughter 17 times with a belt while scolding her and at one point threatening to beat her into submission.
The younger Adams told NBC’s Today Show that the lashing was not unusual, but “happened regularly for a period of time.”
As a result of the video, the police in Aransas County, Texas, have started an investigation to determine if Judge Adams was guilty of any wrongdoing.