A New York education official was arrested on child pornography charges in Wisconsin

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David A. Hay was the deputy chief of staff to New York school chancellor Richard A. Carranza.
(CNN) A New York City education official is facing child pornography charges after federal officials say he planned to meet with an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

David A. Hay, 39, was arrested December 29 on charges of using a computer to attempt to persuade, induce, or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity and possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the US Attorney's Office . He faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted on the enticement charge and up to 10 years if convicted on the child pornography charge.

CNN has reached out to the education department, but has not heard back. Before joining the New York education department, Hay had been a teacher and principal at two high schools in Wisconsin.

Hay made hotel reservations to meet with a young boy

Hay began messaging Craig M. Hoffer, an undercover investigator with the Neenah Police Department in Wisconsin, on July 3, 2019, according to a criminal complaint. Neenah is about 40 miles southwest of Green Bay.

Hay messaged Hoffer believing he was a 14-year-old boy named Colton, the complaint states. The two were using a dating app called Grindr.

Hoffer says the first message he received from Hay read "Into daddies?" Hoffer then told Hay he was 14 and Hay replied "Yea I'm good w that,"…
Amir Vera and Amanda Watts, CNN
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