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Education Official in N.Y. Is Accused of Facilitating Child Sex Abuse NYTimes

David Hay, deputy chief of staff to schools chancellor Richard Carranza, was fired after his arrest, officials said.

By By Eliza Shapiro and William K. Rashbaum Dec. 30, 2019

A high-ranking official in New York City’s Department of Education was arrested on Sunday in Wisconsin and accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, according to police officials there.

David A. Hay, the deputy chief of staff to schools chancellor Richard A. Carranza, was taken into custody at an airport in Milwaukee following an ongoing undercover investigation, said Officer Stuart Zuehls, a spokesman for the Neenah, Wis., police department.

Mr. Hay’s background check was never finalized after he joined the Department of Education in 2016, the Department of Investigation said on Tuesday, a fact that is sure to fuel questions about whether Mr. Hay was properly vetted.

Still, Mr. Hay had two background checks — in 2016 and 2018 — through a separate Department of Education’s process, a spokeswoman for that agency said.

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