McALLEN, Texas -- Federal prosecutors said Friday they would not charge a Texas judge seen lashing his teenage daughter with a belt on a video posted online, closing the door on the possibility of criminal charges in the case.
Angela Dodge, a U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman, said prosecutors determined there was no federal crime depicted on the 2004 video of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams.
The decision came a day after the local district attorney decided the statute of limitations blocked any state charges.
Hillary Adams, now 23, posted the 8-minute clip on YouTube last week that shows her father lashing her with a belt and trying to force her to bend over her bed to be beaten despite her pleas to stop.
The clip had received more than 4 million views by Friday.