DOE Official Charged With Sex Crime Wasn't Fully Vetted

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A New York City Department of Education official who was arrested for reportedly arranging sex with a minor was never subject to a full background check.

Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff David Hay was arrested on Sunday in a Milwaukee airport for using a computer to a facilitate a child sex crime. He was fired after his arrest.

Officials said on Tuesday that the Department of Investigations have approximately 6,000 backlogged background checks, including Hay's.

The Department of Education completed two standard background checks on Hay, in 2016 and 2018, and found nothing suspicious.

But high-ranking employees like Hay are supposed to be subject to more thorough background checks, which explore work histories and arrest records.

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

In a statement, Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said that Hay did not have regular contact with children in New York City schools.