Man who sexually assaulted SFA student loses appeal

Steven Sledge (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Steven Sledge (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a Nacogdoches man a chance at a second chance after his conviction for sexually assaulting an SFA student.

An attorney for Steven Gerard Sledge, 47, filed a writ of habeaus corpus, which is a request to appear before the court to ask to be released due to false imprisonment. The writ was denied without a written order on Wednesday.

Sledge was arrested in December 2009 after kidnapping a 19-year-old SFA student at knifepoint and taking her to a scenic overlook on State Highway 7 East, where he sexually assaulted her four times. A deputy was patrolling the area and questioned the pair. When the woman mouthed "help me," the deputy took Sledge into custody. The woman then explained what had happened.

District Judge Campbell Cox sentenced Sledge to two 90-year prison terms in October 2010, a month after a jury found Sledge guilty of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

Sledge will not be eligible for parole until he is 73.

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