A former Miss Kentucky has been charged with sending nude pictures to a 15-year-old boy.
Former Miss Kentucky Ramsey Bearse, 28, was arrested on Friday for sending nude photos to a 15-year-old boy. She is a middle school teacher in West Virginia and sent the lewd photos to a former student. Pictured left in 2014 after she won the Miss Kentucky crown
Bearse looked stern as she was arraigned in court earlier this week. Officials say she confessed to sending photos of her naked breasts to the teenager from August 2018 to October 2018
She was charged with four felony counts of distributing or displaying obscene matter to a 15-year-old former student. If convicted she could face up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Pictured above in Atlantic City after winning the Miss Kentucky crown
Officers arrested Bearse and say she admitted to sending the photos via Snapchat, according to WDRB.
Officials say she confessed to sending photos of her naked breasts to the teenager from August 2018 to October 2018, according to Heavy. They both live in Kanawha County.
Authorities aren’t sure if there are more underage victims involved.
Bearse is an eighth-grade science teacher at the school and the victim was a former student.
Kanawha County Schools released a statement in light of her arrest.
‘Mrs. Bearse is a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School. We cannot comment on personal matters, but we will follow all applicable policies and procedures. The safety and security of our students is our top priority.’
Hearse won the title of Miss Kentucky under her maiden name Carpenter in 2014. Pictured walking in the 2015 Miss America Competition preliminaries
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When she was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court she said: ‘I have no comment to make to you all at this time’.
Her lawyer has said that she would post the requested $10,000 bond. If convicted of her charges she could face up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Bearse was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2014 under her maiden name Carpenter.
From there she competed for the Miss America title in 2015 where she went on to finish in the top 12. In the competition, her talent was playing the fiddle.
Bearse had always wanted to be an elementary school teacher, according to her old interviews. She once told reporters she had to put her dream teaching career on hold in order to compete for the Miss Kentucky crown.
In the wake of Bearse’s arrest, her Wikipedia page was vandalized:
After her win at the Miss Kentucky pageant, Bearse was awarded the Heather French Henry Quality of life Award, reported WTVQ at the time. As news of Bearse’s arrest emerged, she deleted her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. A cached version of Bearse’s Twitter profile can be viewed here:
According to Bearse’s The Knot page, she married Charles “Chas” Bearse at “My Old Kentucky Home” in July 2016. Chas Bearse and his family are heavily involved in Massey Energy, a mining company in West Virginia. As news of his wife’s arrest broke, Chas Bearse deleted his LinkedIn page.
Sara Holden is a reporter for Valley Post Express. After graduating from American River College, Sara got an internship at NPR and worked as a beat reporter for the Los Angeles Kings. Sara was also was a columnist for the Huff Post. Sara mostly covers entertainment and community events in the Valley Post Express.