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Defense Granted Adjournment in Rye Bestiality Case

RYE, N.Y. - Rye Judge Joseph Latwin announced Friday that Monday's scheduled hearing for Kujtim Nicaj, who has been accused of bestiality , has been adjourned to March 27.

Nicaj, the former superintendent of Rye Colony, was terminated in early February after being arrested and charged with second degree burglary, a felony, and sexual misconduct with an dog.

Latwin previously placed a seal order on court documents surrounding the case pursuant to civil rights law that protects the identity of victims of sexual misconduct. Some of those documents have since been made available with the victim's information redacted. Latwin also stated that, in this case, the title of victim is extended not only to the dog, but to the dog's owner as well.

Latwin's announcement stated that both the District Attorney's Office and Nicaj's attorney agreed to the adjournment of the March 5 court date, but Nicaj's attorney Steven Davidson said he requested the adjournment.

"We are currently engaged in ongoing negotiations with the District Attorney's office and I saw no reason to appear in court at this time," Davidson said.

Davidson also confirmed that he has yet to view the video surveillance footage that allegedly incriminates his client.

The District Attorney's office declined to comment on the story.

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