RYE, N.Y. ‒ The Rye Daily Voice will lead into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the top 10 stories from 2012.
One of the top stories was the “bestiality case,” involving a former Rye building superintendent who was accused of breaking into an apartment and engaging in sexual acts with a dog.
On Feb. 8, Kujtim Nicaj, who was the superintendent of the Rye Colony Cooperative Apartments, entered the victim’s apartment without authorization and engaged in multiple sex acts with the owner’s 15-month-old Labrador retriever.
The acts were recorded on “nanny-cam type devices” that previously had been set up in the residence.
Nicaj pleaded guilty in October to one count of second-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony, a class C violent felony; and one count of sexual misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.
Following Nicaj’s plea, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore expressed her distaste for the event in a statement.
“This defendant engaged in behavior that is not only reprehensible, but was abusive to someone’s pet,” she said. “Taking advantage of a helpless animal is an act of depravity which has often been a predictor of violence against humans.”
Nicaj is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13.