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Oct. 22, 2012 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Kujtim Nicaj (DOB 11/09/68) of 58 C Peck Avenue, Rye, New York, pled guilty today to:

  • one count of Burglary in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class “C” Violent Felony,
  • one count of Sexual Misconduct, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

On Feb. 8, 2012 the defendant, who was employed at the time as the superintendent at the Rye Colony Cooperative Apartments, entered the victim’s apartment without authorization.

While inside, the defendant engaged in multiple sex acts with the owner’s 15 month old Labrador Retriever dog.

This conduct was recorded on nanny cam type devices which the homeowner had previously set up.

The Rye City police were notified.

The defendant was questioned and subsequently arrested by Rye City police.

“This defendant engaged in behavior that is not only reprehensible but also was abusive to someone’s pet,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant’s guilty plea. “Taking advantage of a helpless animal is an act of depravity which has often been a predictor of violence against humans.”

Sentencing will be on Jan. 15, 2013.

The defendant was remanded after his plea.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in state prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

Assistant District Attorney Wendy Parra of the Sex Crimes Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Mary Ann Liebowitz of the Investigations Division, Animal Cruelty Unit prosecuted the case.