A judge who was recorded viciously belting his disabled daughter for her illicit downloads has caused outrage online, not least because he specialises in presiding over domestic disputes.
The girl, who suffers from cerebral palsy and was then 16, is shown in the video being whipped by her father whilst being subjected to a torrent of abuse. Her mother also briefly joins in.
The girl’s sins apparently included downloading (Japanese) video games, music and anime.
She claims she took the film in 2004 in the hopes of stopping the assaults, but decided not to do anything with it. However, her exasperation at continued harassment from her father even 7 years on finally prompted her to upload the video to YouTube.
Her father makes light of the affair:
“It happened years ago… I apologized. It’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”
Local prosecutors are not so blasé – the District Attorney is considering whether to press charges against him.
Whether or not he acted criminally, as a campaign has already been set up to ensure he is not re-elected to his post he may well face future career difficulties.
His behaviour has been condemned as particularly disturbing given that he is a “family law” judge and has been noted for dismissing child testimony as “no evidence” and children as “fantasizers.”
His daughter, now 23, downplays the obvious career ruination, media furore, and Internet vigilantes she has inflicted on him, saying she wants to help him, not ruin him:
“I’m feeling some regret for publishing the video because to ruin my own father is heavy indeed. But I really want him to seek help.”
“My father’s harassment was getting really bad, so I decided to finally publish the video that I had been sitting on for seven years.”
“Please spread the word that my father needs professional help and not hatred. We can offer him the tools to be a better person.”