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NYC education official arrested at Mitchell Airport, charged with facilitating a child sex crime

Posted at 7:33 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-02 13:16:04-05

MILWAUKEE — A top New York City education official remains behind bars in Wisconsin.

The Neenah Police Department says officers arrested 39-year-old David Arnold Hay at Mitchell International Airport on Sunday on a charge of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. Neenah Police say it was part of ongoing undercover internet crimes against children investigation. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Hay is a high-ranking official in New York City's Department of Education. His LinkedIn profile reports he served as deputy chief of staff to the chancellor for more than a year. After learning of his arrest, the department says it fired Hay.

A spokesperson released a statement that says, "These allegations are incredibly disturbing and absolutely unacceptable. 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."

The department said Hay did not have regular contact with students in his role.

Hay's Facebook page indicates he grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin.

According to his LinkedIn profile and Twitter page, before moving to New York, Hay worked in leadership roles in both the Tomah and Kettle Moraine School Districts from a span of 2005-2014. The individual districts have not yet responded to requests for comment.

Hay's attorney said it's too early to make any statement. Hay has not been formally charged.