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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

A Cop, A Teacher, or a Preacher

I’m a high school teacher.  I have a friend who’s a cop.  We’ve joked for years that whenever a story of child sex abuse makes it to the news, the perpetrator is always a cop, a teacher, or a preacher.  It’s usually not a Department of Education official:

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. Authorities in Wisconsin notified New York City officials hours after the arrest… Officer Zuehls declined to offer more information about the charges or why Mr. Hay was arrested at an airport. Under Wisconsin state law, someone who is accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime is defined as a person 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.”

Mr. Hay has already been fired.

Update:  more information is available.

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