Ex-Miss Kentucky Admits To Trading Sexual Photos With Teenage Student

By Bill Galluccio

December 18, 2019

The 2015 Miss America Arrival Ceremony

A former Miss Kentucky pleaded guilty to exchanging explicit photos with a 15-year-old high school student on Snapchat. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, who was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2014 under her maiden name of Carpenter, was working as a teacher in West Virginia when she started speaking with the student using the social media app.

She told the court that she meant to send the photographs to her husband but sent them to the teen by mistake. When the teen asked for more photos, she complied because she "was afraid to not appease him.” Bearse was busted after the teen's parents found the explicit pictures on his phone and contacted the authorities.

When Bearse pleaded guilty, she admitted that she made a mistake and took full responsibility for her actions.

“Since I am the adult, and he was just a teenager, it is my fault, and I accept full blame for the situation,” Bearse said. “So that’s how I’m guilty of this crime. I messed up big-time.”

She faces up to two years in prison. She will be sentenced early next year and could also face up to 50 years of probation, and to be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

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