Former Miss Kentucky and current middle school teacher in West Virginia Ramsey Carpenter-Bearse has been sentenced to two years in prison for sending obscene and sexually explicit photographs to a former student.

Carpenter-Bearse must also register as a sex offender for the rest of her life and will require 10 years of supervision after she is released from prison. 

In 2018, Carpenter-Bearse pleaded guilty to sending explicit photos to a former student of hers between August and October. She was then arrested in December of that year. She was charged with four counts of sending obscene photos to a minor.

In the following year of December 2019 she also pleaded guilty to having possession of obscene photos of minors. During her trial she told the judge that the photos were meant for her husband and she had accidentally sent them to her former 15-year-old student via Snapchat. Carpenter-Bearse told the judge, “Since I am the adult, and he was just a teenager, it is my fault, and I accept full blame for the situation. I messed up big-time.”

At the time she was arrested, the Sheriff’s office released a statement that read, “Today Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 28 years old of Charleston, WV, was arrested. She is 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.”

It went on, “She is currently suspended from her teaching position. Mrs. Bearse was released on a $10,000 property bond following her arraignment.”

Today Ramsey BethAnn Bearse, 28 years old of Charleston, WV, was arrested. She is charged with distributing obscene…

Posted by Kanawha County Sheriff's Office on Friday, December 7, 2018

Carpenter-Bearse was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2014 and competed for Miss America in 2015 where she finished in the top 12.