The power of the internet. We all know how fast information travels these days and this video is a perfect example. On October 27th a user on YouTube uploaded this video showing a man hitting his daughter across the arms, legs, and butt with a belt. It appears as though the video was shot and uploaded by Judge William Adams' daughter who was 16 at the time. According to Gawker, the father was upset that his daughter was playing video games and downloading music. The video was apparently shot in 2004 and now authorities in Aransas County are investigating. According to Gawker:

Though the video was uploaded on October 27, it wasn't until today that it began to receive attention—thanks to the popular link-sharing site Reddit, where a poster identifying herself as Hillary Adams shared it (with the title "Family law judge beats own daughter for using the internet, please spread"), writing that she'd decided to post the video (which she'd been "holding onto... until the right time") after receiving "a barrage of harassment" from her father over the phone.

Posting to Reddit was the right move. The site, which has a strong protective streak, quickly sprung into action. Posters, encouraging others to call and write, provided links and phone numbers to news outlets, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct—and to the judge's place of work. As is not uncommon in situations like this, the official Aransas County website is down as of this post, likely thanks to heavy traffic from Reddit.

FOX News says authorities are on case.

“Aransas County is aware of the video posted on YouTube regarding County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, and the matter is now under review by the Police Department,” read a statement posted on the county website.

The video is below. WARNING: The video is graphic. What do you think about this situation?