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Ohio Co. native, former Miss Kentucky arrested

December 8, 2018 | 1:15 pm

Updated December 9, 2018 | 3:47 am

Ohio County native and former Miss Kentucky arrested in West Virginia.

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Former Miss Kentucky (2014) winner and Ohio County native Ramsey (Carpenter) Bearse was arrested on Friday after a criminal complaint was filed accusing Bearse of sending inappropriate photos to a minor via social media.

Bearse, who is currently a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School (AJMS) in Cross Lanes, W. Va., was named in a criminal complaint where the mother of a 15-year-old boy reported finding inappropriate photos on her son’s cell phone. The parent informed police that her son attended sixth through eighth-grade at AJMS, during which Ramsey was a teacher for a portion of the time.

When authorities questioned Bearse, she admitted to sending the 15-year-old boy at least four photographs of her nude chest area via Snapchat from August 2018 to the end of October 2018.

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Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky, wins talent at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 10, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. | Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

Bearse graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2014 with a degree in special education. During her reign as Miss Kentucky, Bearse performed as a fiddle player several times in downtown Owensboro and at local elementary schools.

Owensboro’s Katie Bouchard, the reigning Miss Kentucky was unable to comment on the accusations toward Bearse.

“As a Miss America organization, we are not able to comment on that at this time,” Bouchard said.

According to WCHS Eyewitness News out of Charleston – Huntington, W. Va., the magistrate set Bearse’s bond at $10,000 and, if convicted of the charges, she faces 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

According to state and federal law, if convicted, Bearse would also be required to file with the state’s sex offender registry.

December 8, 2018 | 1:15 pm

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