WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- David Hay, deputy to New York City Schools Chancellor, was arrested on the charge of trying to “facilitate a child sex crime”.
- Hay was immediately fired after his arrest, a DOE spokesperson describing his charges as “disturbing and absolutely unacceptable.”
- On Monday, police said the investigation into Hay’s charges is ongoing.
Department of Education deputy chief of staff David Hay was arrested Sunday at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Police in Neenah, Wisconsin said he was busted on the charge of using a computer to “facilitate a child sex crime.”
Sources said Hay allegedly intended to meet with a minor boy for sex and had already been under investigation for several months. Wisconsin law defines Hay’s charge as someone who “uses a computerized communication system to communicate with an individual who the actor believes or has reason to believe has not attained the age of 16 years with intent to have sexual contact or sexual intercourse with the individual.” Hay was formerly a principal in
Milwaukee before being hired in May 2016 as a special assistant to then-Chancellor Carmen Fariña by the DOE. Current Chancellor of New York City Schools Richard Carranza promoted Hay as deputy chief of staff in October 2018.
Monday, a DOE spokesperson said Hay was immediately fired following his arrest. Miranda Barbot said, “These allegations are incredibly disturbing and absolutely unacceptable” and that they would “fully comply with any investigation.”
She also stressed that during his four years working with the DOE, Hay did not work directly with children. Police also said Monday that this is an ongoing investigation. A staffer from the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office said that it’s likely that a judge would only be able to see Hay around Thursday due to the New Year holiday as well as the nature of his case.
Source: New York Post