THE BRONX - For the first time since he was found guilty in a federal bribery case, former state Assemblyman Eric Stevenson spoke to News 12 the Bronx about the allegations, his sentencing and his transition from celebrated politician to convicted criminal. 

Stevenson was found guilty of accepting $22,000 in bribes over the course of a few months in exchange for helping a group of businessmen start an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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During the first part of the exclusive interview, Stevenson's lawyer said that the politician maintains his not guilty stance. 

Stevenson and his lawyer refused to speak about certain details because they feared an impact on his sentencing, or worried they could appear to be challenging the judge.