EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico and the FBI Field Office in Albuquerque, a federal grand jury has indicted Jeffrey Steven Clay on one count each of kidnapping and transportation for illegal sexual activity.

Clay, age 50, from Anthony, NM., was arrested Thursday Nov. 10, and will remain in custody pending his initial appearance and detention hearing. Clay is employed as the Executive Director of Analytics, Strategy, and Assessment and Public Education Information Management Systems for EPISD.  Clay previously worked for EPISD in various roles including as a school principal.  

Clay was previously a high school principal at a local high school in El Paso. During this time, it is said that he was arrested for allegedly offering money for a sex act to an undercover police officer in El Paso. The charge against Clay was dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

According to the indictment and court records, on Aug. 4, 2021, Clay allegedly offered a ride to the victim near Yandell Dr. in El Paso. The victim then asked Clay to take her to a friend’s residence at a specific address in El Paso. Clay agreed to take the victim to her friend’s residence, but Clay then allegedly drove the victim out of El Paso and to his residence in Anthony, NM. According to court records, Clay never asked the victim if she wanted to go to his residence, and she never agreed to go anywhere with Clay besides her friend’s residence in El Paso.

After arriving at Clay’s residence, he allegedly attempted to kiss the victim. When she refused, Clay allegedly struck her in the face and handcuffed her as she attempted to resist. Clay then allegedly took the victim to a bedroom within the house where he allegedly punched her in the face multiple times and sexually assaulted her while she remained handcuffed. The victim was said to be crying, and repeatedly pleading with Clay to stop.

Afterward, Clay allegedly drove the victim away from his residence and went towards El Paso. While the vehicle stopped at a traffic light, the victim escaped from the vehicle. She ran to a nearby convenience store where she asked for the store clerk to call 911.

In addition to the charges in the indictment, according to court records, Clay is alleged to have previously sexually abused a minor to whom he had close access to in 2012-2014.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Clay faces up to life in prison.