A former Miss Kentucky winner was charged Friday with sending nude photos to a teenage student.
Ramsey Bearse, 28, now lives in Charleston, West Virginia, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. She allegedly sent obscene photographs of herself to a 15-year-old former student at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, according to the sheriff’s office.
She faces four felony counts of distributing or displaying obscene matter to a minor.
“She is currently suspended from her teaching position,” the sheriff’s office said in a release. “Mrs. Bearse was released on a $10,000 property bond following her arraignment.”
The student’s parent informed authorities of lewd pictures sent by Bearse that were found on the teenager’s phone, according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities say Bearse admitted to sending the photos on Snapchat.
A spokesman for Kanawha County Schools declined to comment but confirmed that Bearse was a teacher at the school.
Bearse, who was crowned under her maiden name of Carpenter, won the pageant in June 2014 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. A native of Ohio County, Kentucky, she is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
Anyone with additional information on this or similar cases is urged to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office by phone at 304-357-0169 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.