18 July 2020 02:36
(CNN) A former Miss Kentucky who admitted to exchanging explicit photos with a teenager has been sentenced to two years at a West Virginia prison. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, also was sentenced to 10 years of supervised released and a requirement that she register as a lifetime sex offender, according to the sentencing disposition order filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court. She was sentenced by Judge Louis H. Bloom on Tuesday, and was ordered to report to Lakin Correctional Center on July 20. Bearse was arrested in December 2018 and was originally charged with four counts of sending obscene material to a minor.
She admitted to police that she sent least four topless photos via Snapchat to a 15-year-old former student of hers while she was employed as a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, according a criminal complaint. The boy's parents found the photos on his phone and sent them to the police. The boy was a student at Andrew Jackson from sixth to eighth grade while Bearse was employed there as a teacher during some of that time, according to the criminal complaint. Bearse pleaded guilty in December 2019 to one count of possession of material depicting minors in sexually explicit conduct, a felony offense. CNN affiliate WCHS reported that she said in court during the plea hearing that the first photo she sent to the boy was intended for her husband.
After her reign, she began working as a teacher in West Virginia. According to a 2018 press release issued by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Carpenter-Bearse was charged with distributing obscene materials to a minor. "Mrs. Bearse sent obscene photographs of herself to a 15-year-old who was a former student of hers at Andrew Jackson Middle School," the release read. According to a criminal complaint, the student's parents informed authorities that they had found lewd pictures on the boy's phone. The pictures, which were allegedly sent via Snapchat, had been saved to the phone's camera roll.
Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. But now, Carpenter-Bearse is a convicted felon. She must report to the Lakin Correctional Center and Jail on or before 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2020, according to a report from WOWK-TV. Send this page to someone via email A former Kentucky beauty queen and teacher has been sentenced to two years in prison for soliciting nude photos from a teenage student over Snapchat, a West Virginia court ruled on Tuesday. Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 29, was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release. She will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, the assistant prosecutor said in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Bearse pleaded guilty last December to one count of possessing material depicting minors in sexually explicit conduct. She told the court at the time that she meant to send a risque photo to her husband but accidentally sent it to the victim, 15, over Snapchat. She claimed that the student asked for more photos so she complied because she was "afraid to not appease him." She was initially charged with four counts of sending obscene material to a minor in connection with the incident, which played out between August and October of 2018. Bearse was working as a middle school teacher in Cross Lanes, W.Va., at the time. The boy, 15, was a former student of hers. One of his parents found topless photos of Bearse on his phone and informed police, according to reports. "Since I am the adult, and he was just a teenager, it is my fault, and I accept full blame for the situation," she said at the time of her guilty plea. "That's how I'm guilty of this crime. I messed up big time." The sentence was handed down almost exactly six years after Bearse won the Miss Kentucky beauty pageant on July 12, 2014. She went by her birth name, Ramsey Carpenter, at the time. She competed in the Miss America pageant later that year. Ramsey Carpenter showcases her violin skills during the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. Donald Kravitz/Getty Images Bearse was suspended from her teaching job after the charges were announced, and the school says she no longer works there. Story continues below advertisement Bearse must report to jail by Monday morning. —With files from The Associated Press AP/Kanawha County Sheriff's Office "I sent him more photos of me which lead to him sending a photo of his privates." A former Miss Kentucky winner was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday for sending nudes to a teenager. Ramsey Bearse, 29, was accused of sending topless photos to a 15-year-old student between August and October of 2018 while she was teaching at Andrew Jackson Middle School in West Virginia, per WXIX-TV. The beauty pageant winner admitted in court she had sent at least four of the topless photos over Snapchat and revealed the teenager had sent her explicit pictures as well. "I didn't keep any of the photos of him or forward them to anyone else," Bearse explained. "But I did receive them and I did complement him in a way which made it look like I did want them, because again I was afraid to not appease him." "Since I am the adult and he is just a teenager, it was definitely my fault and I accept the blame for the situation." Bearse, who wore the Miss Kentucky crown in 2014, told the judge that one of the risque photos sent was meant for her husband. "The young man's name was listed next to my husband's on my phone," she said. "From there, he asked me for more and I panicked. I was afraid to not appease him. When he asked for more, I sent him more photos of me which lead to him sending a photo of his privates." Bearse was sentenced to two years in prison for sending obscene material to a minor, per WOWK-TV. According to Kanawha Assistant Prosecutor Meshell Jarrett, she was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and has to register as a sex offender for life. View this post on Instagram #Repost from @ramseymisskentucky with @repostapp #cousin #misskentucky--- Receiving the Preliminary Talent Award at Miss America on September 10 is quite possibly the proudest moment of my life! Over fifteen years of diligent practice and winning the battle against my initial Multiple Sclerosis symptoms that stole my ability to play for multiple months have enabled me to bring Bluegrass music to a larger audience, and I am forever grateful! #Gratitude #MSawareness #GirlWithTheGreenFiddle #MissAmerica #MissKentucky2014 #PreliminaryTalentAward