Convicted rapist a no-show in court, may have shed ankle bracelet

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Police in Milford said 36-year old Dardian Celaj was a no-show on the day he was supposed to be sentenced on a 2012 rape case in Milford Superior Court.

The man, known as “Danny,” pleaded guilty to raping a woman who worked in a Derby social club that is now closed.

“I’ve stated in the past, he’s a very dangerous individual based on his previous convictions in the federal system for crimes involving organized crime in New York and New Jersey,” said State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor.

Lawlor said Celaj was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet.

“He was really only supposed to be moving back and forth, under a curfew, back and forth to work,” Lawlor said.

Now police are trying to find out where he is.

“In this particular case, we did have a lesson learned as far as gaps in the system that I’m not personally aware of where the fault lies at this point but I know the judicial branch is looking into this very seriously,” Lawlor said.

People in the community are outraged.

“It it is someone who’s a rapist or murderer or whatever and they’re out on the streets, it would be nice to know where they are. Like you just said, this guy disappeared. Who knows where he is,” said Diane Dumais, a Milford resident.

“If that equipment is not working, then we need to take some money and put it towards it to make sure this equipment is working, because obviously there may be somebody who needs to be found and can’t be,” said resident George Mosessian.

Back in May, News 8 Investigators spoke to a parolee who says these ankle bracelets don’t work.

“It’s a joke. It’s a gimmick,” the parolee said.

That parolee also recorded a technician who came to replace an allegedly defective bracelet.

“I tell people this is electronics. They can always go bad on you,” the voice said in the recording.

News 8 spoke with Celaj’s lawyer, Stephen Seeley, who says he does not know where his client is. Seeley says Celaj is not a citizen but has lawful permanent residence status. Seeley was planning to file a motion to withdraw his client’s guilty plea.

“It’s rare to have someone in a case with this amount of exposure to be out after a plea like this where they’re on a GPS,” said Lawlor.

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