A Hudson Valley restaurant manager confessed he raped an underage employee.

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On Friday, Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the guilty plea by a Paterson, New Jersey man to one count of rape in the third degree.

The plea stems from a December 2019 incident that took place at a Jersey Mike’s Sub store. The victim, an employee, was sexually abused by her manager.


Jonathan Valencia, 37, of Paterson, New Jersey pleaded guilty in Rockland County Court to one count of rape.


Beginning in December of 2019, Valencia abused an underage employee that he supervised at Jersey Mike’s Subs, officials say.

Valencia abused an underage employee that he supervised at Jersey Mike’s Subs,

Valencia is expected to be sentenced on February 7, 2022, to one and half years in state prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act upon his release from prison.

He will be required to register as a sex offender

"Today’s plea ensures that the victim is not further traumatized by having to live through a lengthy trial process. It is reprehensible to think that those charged with the supervision of underage workers would violate their responsibility by committing this heinous act”, said Rockland District Attorney Tom Walsh.


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