Rye, NY (The Journal News) -- Residents and other associates of a popular building superintendent are finding it impossible to fathom that the married father could have molested a tenant's Labrador retriever at the Rye Colony apartment complex.
"It's unbelievable," said Kris Lumaj, who does renovation work at Rye Colony and has known the super for years. "That's an animal, you know. He's got a wife and two kids, has no criminal record. I don't know anybody who'd say anything bad about him."
Kujtim Nicaj, who lives and works at the complex, was arrested Feb. 9 on charges of burglary and sexual misconduct.
Nicaj, seen as friendly and hardworking, hasn't said a word publicly... or shown his face around the complex, since his arrest.
No one answered the door at his home Monday, although his lawyer has maintained contact with the 41-year-old and his wife since the news broke last week.
The bestiality case has made Nicaj a target of public ridicule, and he's lost his job.
"I've been in touch with his family all weekend," lawyer Steven Davidson said. "Aside from being humiliated, he's worried about providing for his family. It's an amazingly difficult time for them right now. They would like nothing more than for this whole mess to go away."
Police say they have a video of the Feb. 8 incident, which took place after Nicaj entered the apartment with a key.
The tenant, suspecting someone had entered before, set up a "nannycam" that captured the encounter, authorities said.
Davidson denies that his client molested the animal.
He said neither he nor his client has seen the video, which police have yet to release.
Nicaj is free on $100,000 bail. He is due in City Court on March 6.
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