Rye man, ex-building super, admits sex acts with dog

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore. (2009)

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore. (2009) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

A man who worked as a building superintendent in the city of Rye has admitted breaking into an apartment at the building and having sex with the tenant's dog, officials said.

Kujtim Nicaj, 43, of Rye, entered guilty pleas Monday to second-degree burglary and sexual misconduct during proceedings in Westchester County Court in White Plains, District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement.

On Feb. 8, Nicaj, then the superintendent at the Rye Colony Cooperative Apartments, entered the tenant's apartment and "engaged in multiple sex acts" with a 15-month-old labrador retriever. The acts were recorded on several "nanny cam" hidden cameras.


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City of Rye police were notified and arrested Nicaj.

"This defendant engaged in behavior that is not only reprehensible but also was abusive to someone's pet," DiFiore said. "Taking advantage of a helpless animal is an act of depravity which has often been a predictor of violence against humans."

Nicaj, who remains in Westchester County Jail, faces a maximum penatly of 15 years behind bars. His sentencing is set for Jan. 15 and he would have to register as a sex offender if he was set free.

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