Former school official sentenced for receiving child pornography in Wisconsin

David Hay. Photo: Winnebago County Jail
David Hay. Photo: Winnebago County Jail(WBAY)
Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 5:22 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A former high-ranking New York schools official was sentenced Friday to 60 months in prison by a federal judge in Wisconsin for receiving child pornography.

David Hay, 40, pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in September. Prosecutors say Hay exchanged emails with a 15-year-old that included sexually explicit pictures and videos in 2010. At the time, Hay was working at Kettle Moraine High School.

Hay was arrested one year ago at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee as part of a local internet child sex sting. At the time, he was the Deputy Chief of staff to the New York City Chancellor of Schools.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge William Griesbach called his behavior “abominable for a man in his position.”

The child pornography charge carried 5 to 20 years in federal prison. Hay will serve an additional 10 years on supervised release and will be registered as a sex offender.

Hay was initially arrested as part of a local internet sting operation. Federal prosecutors say Hay was having sexually explicit conversations with a 14-year-old boy on a dating app who was actually an undercover Neenah police officer. Hay reserved a whirlpool suite at a Fox Valley hotel and planned to meet with the boy.

Investigators searched Hay’s phone after his arrest and say they found sexually explicit photos of a former student from Hay’s time in Wisconsin. The former student told investigators he never had inappropriate contact with Hay when he was a minor but might have sent the photos to Hay when he was an adult.

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