On separate occasions in September, Berea Police received two complaints alleging Joy Alison Hayes, 43, formerly an assistant principal at Madison Southern High School, was harassing juveniles.
On Oct. 1, officers interviewed one of the juveniles and were told Hayes had sexual contact with her at the home where Hayes resided in Berea, a BPD news release stated.
According to an arrest-warrant affidavit filed in Madison District Court, the abuse began in November 2013 and took place “repeatedly” until Sept. 10, while Hayes was a guest in a victim’s home and entrusted with her care.
On Tuesday, a Richmond Police officer stopped Hayes for a minor traffic violation and arrested her based on a warrant sought by the victim’s parents, the BPD news release stated.
Hays was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, fourth-degree assault, witness tampering and unlawful transaction with a minor.
Now a resident of Lexington, Hayes was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, where she remained Wednesday evening, according to the jail’s online records.
She was employed by the Madison County Schools in July 2012, but resigned from her Madison Southern job in December, said school district spokesperson Erin Stewart.
Before taking the job at Madison Southern, Hayes was principal at the Lexington Traditional Magnet School for two academic years, 2010-12, according to a page on the Fayette County Schools’ website.
In January, Hayes began working for the Berea College Gear Up program, where she worked to “implement programs designed to help more students move from high school to college,” according to Tim Jordan, college spokesperson. However, her duties “did not include direct interaction with students,” he said.
On Sept. 11, college officials were informed Hayes was arrested and charged with stalking and harassing communications. She was placed immediately on leave and then terminated two days later, Jordan added.
College officials learned of the new charges against Hayes on Wednesday, he said, and will continue cooperating with law enforcement agencies investigating the case.
Berea Police and the Kentucky Department for Families and Children are continuing to investigate the case, the BPD news release stated.