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High-ranking NY schools official arrested after internet child sex sting in Neenah

NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - A New York man has been arrested in connection to an undercover internet child sex sting in Winnebago County.

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

The 39-year-old was booked into the Winnebago County Jail on a charge of Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

The New York Times reports that Hay is a "high-ranking official in New York's Department of Education." He's the deputy chief of staff to New York school chancellor Richard A. Carranza.

The New York Department of Education tells the New York Times that Hay was fired after the arrest.

Hay's LinkedIn profile says he 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.

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

Neenah Police did not release further information about the crime. They said it was part of an ongoing undercover Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation.

Courtney Terlecki

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