CHARLESTON, W.VA. – A former Miss America contestant was arrested Friday after West Virginia authorities say she sent obscene photos to a 15-year-old student she once taught.
Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 28, of Charleston, a science teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, was charged with four counts of sending obscene material to a minor, Metro News reported.
According to a criminal complaint, deputies say the science teacher sent lewd pictures via Snapchat to a 15-year old teenager while he was a student at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, W.Va.
A parent of the unidentified victim alerted authorities to the pictures found on the teen’s phone.
Bearse reportedly admitted sending at least four photos to the boy earlier this year via Snapchat of her “nude breast/chest area.”
#NEW | @KanawhaSheriff in West Virginia posted on it's facebook page Friday that Ramsey Carpenter Bearse, who won Miss Kentucky in 2014, was arrested for allegedly sending nude photos via Snapchat to a middle school student. She's a teacher in Kanawha County.@SpectrumNews1KY pic.twitter.com/z20FqJscaK
— Mario Anderson (@MarioAndersonTV) December 7, 2018
Kanawha County Schools Communications Director Briana Warner declined to comment on the case to Metro News but confirmed that Bearse was a teacher at the school.
“We cannot comment on personnel matters, but we will follow all applicable policies and procedures. The safety and security of our students is our top priority,” Warner said.
#FixPEIA #55United RT @wchs8fox11: WATCH: Ramsey Bearse, a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Kanawha Co., appears in magistrate court charged with four felony counts of sending obscene material to a minor.
— Byrds Finger (@ByrdsFinger) December 7, 2018
Bearse was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2014 and competed in the Miss America Pageant in 2015 under her maiden name of Ramsey Carpenter.
A criminal complaint says the student's parent informed authorities of lewd pictures sent by Ramsey Bearse that were found on the teenager's phone.https://t.co/U8l8SUEUcK
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