Former Tomah principal pleads guilty to child enticement, porn

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WKBT) — A former Tomah High School principal accused of swapping explicit sexual images with a 14-year-old former student at the school pleaded guilty to two counts in federal court in Green Bay.

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David Hay, 40, who most recently was deputy chief of staff for the New York City Department of Education, pleaded guilty Tuesday to child enticement and possession of child pornography.
Court documents show that Hay, of Brooklyn, N.Y., exchanged emails with the boy, including providing sexually explicit images of himself to the teen. He also received explicit digital images and videos from the boy, records show.
Hay, who was principal at Tomah High 2011 to 2014, was arrested on Dec. 29, 2019, in a months-long sex sting that included local and federal officials.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said at the time that Hay had used a dating app to set up a meeting for sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy living in Neenah, Wis. The person was actually an undercover investigator in the sting.
Neenah police arrested him at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport as he was traveling to the area from his home in New York. He had booked a “whirlpool suite” at a Neenah hotel to engage in sex with the undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old, police said.
A search of his smartphone revealed sexually explicit images of the former Tomah High student, according to court records.
Hay also was a teacher and administrator at Kettle Moraine High School from 2008 until 2011. He resigned from Kettle Moraine in 2011 after the district discovered irregularities with Hay’s licensing and the misuse of a district credit card.
In his New York City position, he had no regular contact with students. It was revealed last year that he was part of a backlog of about 6,000 unfinished background checks, according to New York media reports.
The NYC Department of Education fired Hay the day after his arrest, DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said.
“This is a deeply disturbing case, and an awful development,” Barbot said.
In February, the New York City School District’s special investigations commissioner, Anastasia Coleman, issued a statement  saying Hay had lied during the vetting process for his job there.
Hay’s case propelled changes of the vetting process for the NYC school district, Coleman said.
Hay, who faces up to 20 years in prison, is to be sentenced Dec. 18 in Green Bay.

This story includes information from The Associated Press and other media.