Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

A 16-minute video posted on the internet recently came to our attention. In the video, Union City Education Association President Kathleen Valencia made reference to a teacher having inappropriate sexual contact with a student.

The Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor has conducted a review of the matter, including communication with officials from the New Jersey Education Association and the Union City Education Association, as well as their attorney.

We’ve been able to confirm that the teacher referenced by Valencia in the video was a defendant that was previously reported to us. The matter was investigated by the Union City Police Department and referred to this Office for prosecution.

The defendant in that case is teacher Dennis Palatini, age 64, of Clifton. Palatini pleaded guilty on March 26, 2018, to Criminal Sexual Contact and is scheduled for sentencing on May 25, 2018.

Based on what we have learned from the investigation, this is the only matter involving this Office referred to by Valencia in the 16-minute video.

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