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Top NY Education official charged in child sex crime case in Wisconsin


Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged a high-ranking New York City education official for allegedly using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, authorities said.

At the time of his arrest Sunday, Hay, 39, lived in Brooklyn and served as deputy chief of staff for Richard Carranza, the schools chancellor at New York City's Department of Education.

The New York City Department of Education fired Hay following his arrest.

Prosecutors revealed Friday, Hay invited a 14-year-old boy to a "whirlpool suite" in a Wisconsin hotel, and charged the former principal with enticement of a minor and possession of child porn.

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Feds: NY schools official thought he was meeting Neenah (Wisconsin) teen for sex

The United States Attorney's Office announced Friday that charges had been filed in federal court against David A. Hay of Brooklyn, NY.

Federal prosecutors say Hay had been chatting on a dating app with who he believed to be a 14-year-old boy named Colton. In reality, it was an undercover Neenah Police investigator.

"Hay began engaging in sexually explicit conversations with 'Colton' and making plans to meet up with the minor to engage in sexual activity," reads a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to a criminal complaint, Hay messaged the undercover officer on Grindr in July and asked, "Into daddies?" When the undercover officer said he was 14, Hay responded "Yea I'm good w that." Graphic sexual conversations ensued.

Hay got a "whirlpool suite" at a Neenah area hotel "for the purpose of meeting up with the child for sexual activity," reads the complaint.

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