High-ranking NYC DOE official arrested, faces child sex crime charges

David Hay
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A high-ranking official in the city's Department of Education is facing child sex crime charges.

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza's Deputy Chief Of Staff, David Hay, was arrested Sunday at an airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after an undercover investigation found he used a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, officials said.

The DOE confirmed Hay was fired after the city was notified of the arrest.

Hay is charged with using a computer to communicate with someone he believed to be younger than age 16, with intent to have sex.

He was arrested by police officers in Neenah, Wisconsin with the help of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, according to a report in the New York Times.

"These allegations are incredibly disturbing and absolutely unacceptable," said schools spokeswoman Miranda Barbot. "We took immediate action removing Mr. Hay from payroll and are terminating him. We referred this to the Special Commissioner of Investigation and we will fully comply with any investigation."

She added that Hay did not have regular contact with children in New York City schools.

Hay is a Wisconsin native and was a principal in the state before taking on the administrative job in New York City in 2016, the Times reported.

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