High-Ranking NYC Schools Official Faces Child Sex Crime Charge

Joe Avellar
December 30, 2019 - 7:37 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A top official in the city's Education Department was busted for using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, authorities said.

The Schools Chancellor's Deputy Chief Of Staff David Hay was arrested at the Milwaukee Airport in Wisconsin after an undercover investigation.

The Department of Education confirmed he 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 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 the New York Times.

In a statement, Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said the allegations against Hay are incredibly disturbing and absolutely unacceptable.

“We referred this to the Special Commissioner of Investigation and we will fully comply with any investigation,” Barbot said.

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

Further details on the arrest and investigation were not available.