Top DOE official arrested for trying to set up sex with underage boy

New York Post – by Larry Celona and Selim Algar

A top deputy to city schools Chancellor Richard Carranza was busted in Wisconsin for allegedly trying to arrange sex with an underage boy online, police and sources told The Post.

Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff David Hay was arrested getting off at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee Sunday on a charge of using a computer “to facilitate a child sex crime,” according to Neenah, Wisconsin, cops. 

He allegedly intended to meet with a minor boy for sex, sources said.

Hay, who remained behind bars pending a bail hearing Monday, had been under investigation for several months, sources said.

Under Wisconsin law, the charge Hay was booked on is defined 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.”

The senior DOE administrator, who earns $168,000 annually, works with Carranza’s office on the DOE’s Equity and Excellence initiative, according to his LinkedIn page.

The Wisconsin native served as a principal in the Milwaukee area before being hired by the DOE as Special Assistant to the Chancellor in May 2016 under then-Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Carranza promoted him to serve as his deputy chief of staff in October 2018.

The Brooklyn resident now “leads a comprehensive organizational effectiveness and change management strategy for the New York City Department of Education,” according to his LinkedIn account. “He works with the Senior Leadership team to align the department’s work to the Chancellor’s vision of Equity and Excellence for All.”

He received his doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2017.

Hay was immediately fired after the arrest, a DOE spokesperson said Monday.

“These allegations are incredibly disturbing and absolutely unacceptable,” said Miranda Barbot. “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.”

Barbot stressed that Hay did not work directly with children during his nearly four years with the DOE.

A Winnebago County District Attorney’s office staffer said Hay would likely have to wait until Thursday to see a judge because of the nature of his case and the New Year holiday.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” police said Monday.

One thought on “Top DOE official arrested for trying to set up sex with underage boy

  1. The stories keep coming. Cops and educators turning on kids, betraying them with horrid abuse. The ethics of leadership have taken a 180. Damn them. Their day in the sun is coming to an end.

    What work it is to give the youth back its innocence, but somehow we have to find a way.


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