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Rye Judge Redacts Specifics of Bestiality Case

RYE, N.Y. - Rye City Court Judge Joseph Latwin has redacted information from court files surrounding a case of alleged bestiality in Rye Colony citing a section of civil rights law as the reason.

Civil Rights law section 50b states the right of privacy to victims of sex offenses.

Documents from Rye City Court corroborate reports from the District Attorney published first in The Daily Rye that Kujtim Nicaj, 41, the former superintendent of Rye Colony, was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with the felony of burglary in the second degree and a misdemeanor of sexual misconduct.

According to the accusatory instruments filed by the District Attorney's office, Nicaj allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a dog. The court documents also state that the misconduct took place on Feb. 8 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

According to the New York State Office of Court Administration, the court documents were never sealed as has been reported. Rather, only information identifying the breed of the dog and the tenant's address has been redacted.

According to Lt. Joseph Verille of the Rye Police Department, Latwin has placed a gag order on the case, which has prevented information surrounding the incident from being released.

The District Attorney's office has also honored Latwin's decision and has declined comment regarding the redacted information.

Two residents who have lived in the development for five years called the charges "salacious rumors" and said their former super is a nice man.

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