A former assistant principal was arrested during a traffic stop in Madison County early Tuesday morning while she was in the car with a student she was supposed to have no contact with because of pending sexual abuse allegations.
43-year-old Joy Hayes, former assistant principal at Madison County High School, is now at the county jail facing allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a student she met while she worked at the school.
When Richmond police stopped Joy Hayes’ car on Motel Road around 2 a.m. Tuesday, they found out the female in the passenger seat was a former student whose parents recently pressed sexual abuse charges for an alleged incident that occurred after Hayes resigned from the school in January of this year.
According to a criminal complaint, Hayes repeatedly kissed the student, fondled and touched her inappropriately. On another occasion, Hayes is accused of grabbing the girl’s ear and pulling her to the ground.
Police say she was the second student to come forward to report that they’d been harassed by Hayes.
<04:23 jake reed “We were able to speak with one of those victims and we found out that there was a little more to what was going on. And once we heard that, we filed the charges of sexual abuse and assault fourth,” said Jake Reed.
A spokesperson for Madison County schools says Hayes resigned in January after 18 months on the job because she’d accepted another position.
She was previously the principal at Lexington Traditional Magnet School.
She is charged with sexual abuse first-degree, assault fourth degree, tampering with a witness, and unlawful transaction with a minor.