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Federal charges filed against NY schools official in Neenah case

Federal charges have been filed against a New York man arrested in connection to a Winnebago County undercover internet child sex sting. (Source: Winnebago County Sheriff's Office)
Federal charges have been filed against a New York man arrested in connection to a Winnebago County undercover internet child sex sting. (Source: Winnebago County Sheriff's Office)(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 8:49 AM CST
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Federal prosecutors have charged a high-ranking New York City education official with swapping online messages with a Wisconsin police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy and reserving a whirlpool suite for a sexual encounter with him.

Neenah Police say David Arnold Hay of Brooklyn, NY, was arrested at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee Monday.

The department says the case is now in the federal government's hands because Hay crossed state lines.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said in a statement Friday that Hay used a dating app to set up a meeting for sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy living in Neenah, Wisconsin. That person was actually an undercover investigator.

He was deputy chief of staff for the schools chancellor at New York City's Department of Education. The department fired him after his arrest. It's unknown whether Hay has an attorney yet.

Hay attended UW-Stout, UW-Milwaukee, and Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. According to

, Hay served as a high school principal in the School District of of Kettle Moraine from 2008 to 2011. He served as the high school principal of the Tomah Area School District from 2011-2014.

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