Investigation Continues After Cyber Threats Against Ector County Judge

Published 04/03 2014 03:34PM

Updated 04/03 2014 03:41PM

ODESSA, TX -- "For the judge, we know who you are. We will begin cyber-attacks to you and your family. You cannot run from this," an internet video threatening an Ector County judge said.

Ector County District Judge Denn Whalen will no longer be the presiding judge in a child custody battle that has attracted national attention after the release of an internet video.

"We are a very powerful cyber hacking activist group that is responsible for the destruction of many government operations,” the video said.

The maker of the video claims to be with "Anonymous," a cyber-hacking group.

But it all started over the custody of a 15-year-old.

According to court documents, the father violated child custody by keeping the teen for almost three months.

He was only allowed to have his children two weekends a month.

And for violating custody, the father was arrested.

But the video says they support the father and his child.

“We heard of (the teen’s) story and it was truly disgusting we are for the freedom of choice and the abundance of every human life and the abundance of happiness,” the video said.

Which is why they are against the judge and the mother, who is now living in San Antonio with her four kids.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Austin Berry said authorities knew about the video and the threats.

“U.S. Attorney's Office is aware of the threat, and there are potential federal charges for this type of threat that is communicated over the internet,” Berry said in a statement.

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