He admitted to U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry that he had solicited bribes in the form of campaign donations during his campaigns in 2014 and 2018. That amounted to three felonies of honest services bribery and mail fraud.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith summarized the evidence prosecutors had gathered, which includes thousands of texts going back to 2014 and secret recordings made both in Stenger's office and in his home.
Despite former county executive's crimes, Rosenblum said Stenger had many things of which to be proud, including his time as a private attorney.
"Today obviously was not one of those proud moments, but he has completely accepted responsibility for his mistakes in judgment, lapses in judgment and his conduct while in office as county executive," Rosenblum said.