Vidor man receives two life sentences for sexual assault
A 33-year-old Vidor man was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on charges of sexual assault.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Steven Paul Works voluntarily went to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in May 2011 to meet with detectives to address the sexual assault allegations against him. Works confessed and in a written statement indicated he had indeed sexually assaulted a 14-year-old family member.
Works was indicted in June 2011 and bond was set at $350,000. He was charged with three counts of sexual assault. In March, he was sentenced by Judge Dennis Powell, in the 163rd District Court, to 10 years in prison on two of the charges to be served concurrently. On the third charge he received 10 years probation. He was also ordered by the judge to not contact the victim in any way. However, he called her on the phone from the jail and prison more than 270 times.
As a result of his non-compliance, Works was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. He will have to serve a minimum of 30 years before he is first eligible for parole. If parole is approved, then he will begin his second life sentence of 30 years.
Photo: More than 270 phone calls lands Steven Paul Works two life sentences.