A former New York city Department of Education official has been fired and arrested in Wisconsin for being in possession of sexually explicit photos of minors and attempting to “entice a child for sex.”
Former NYC DOE Deputy Chief of Staff, David Hay, was discovered when he attempted to meet a 14 year-old boy for sex at a hotel. As it turns out, a police officer was posing as the 14 year-old boy online, which was how they were able to get proof and a warrant.
The evidence they acquired evolved into an eleven-page report of evidence and explanations for Hay’s process of preying on minors.
The police investigator involved was based in Neenah, Wisconsin, and he listed his age as eighteen on the Grindr app, under the name of “Colton.” Hay began messaging him back in July 2019.
“Maybe, [are you] into young guys. [I’m] 14 not 18.”
“Yea I’m good [with] that.”
The two of them messaged back and forth for several months, including writing graphic messages. They even planned to meet for their first encounter in December 2019.
Hay went so far as to book a motel room, including a hot tub, for the meeting.
“Colton” then backed out, claiming that planning to meet gave him pause and that his mother had also sustained an injury that he needed to attend to.
That was Hay’s last text exchange with “Colton.”
The very next day, Hay was arrested at the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.
Police investigators took possession of Hay’s phone and discovered photos that were several years old of an underage boy in sexually explicit positions. The unidentified boy looked like one of the former students at Wisconsin Tomah High School, where Hay had worked from 2011 to 2014.
The police were able to get in touch with the boy, who is now of legal age, who admitted he sent Hay the pictures in the past.
As of Friday, Hay has been charged with child pornography and using a computer as a means to entice a child for sex.
If convicted, Hay faces a minimum of ten years in jail, with a maximum of a life sentence. An additional ten years may be added on if Hay is found in possession of child porn.