Crime

Former Madison County assistant principal charged with sexual abuse after parents press case

Joy Alison Hayes, a former principal at Lexington's Traditional Magnet School and a former assistant principal at Madison Southern High School, has been charged with sexual abuse and assault in a case that involves a juvenile and Madison Southern High School student.
Joy Alison Hayes, a former principal at Lexington's Traditional Magnet School and a former assistant principal at Madison Southern High School, has been charged with sexual abuse and assault in a case that involves a juvenile and Madison Southern High School student.

A former assistant principal of Madison Southern High School in Berea was charged Tuesday with the sexual abuse of a juvenile, Berea police said in a news release.

Joy Hayes, 43, of Lexington remained in the Madison County jail Wednesday after she was picked up on a minor traffic violation in Richmond.

On two occasions, Berea police took reports that Hayes was harassing juveniles who were students at Madison Southern High, Berea Police Sgt. Jake Reed said. Arrest warrants were eventually filed through the Madison County Attorney's office by the parents of the juveniles, Reed said.

Reed said the alleged offenses did not occur while Hayes was employed at Madison Southern. She also was a former principal at Lexington Traditional Magnet School.

On Oct. 1, officers learned that one of the juveniles had had sexual contact with Hayes at a home in Berea. Officers then obtained an arrest warrant for Hayes, who also was charged with fourth-degree assault, tampering with a witness and unlawful transaction with a minor.

The investigation is continuing, Reed said. Berea police are working with social workers in the investigation.

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