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.
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.