Former Miss Kentucky Charged With Sending Nude Photos to a Minor

Just three years ago, Ramsey Carpenter-Bearse was competing for the title of Miss America, having been crowned Miss Kentucky a year earlier. Now she’s back in the spotlight after being arrested Friday on four felony counts of distribution of obscene material to a minor.

Authorities say the former beauty queen, who’s since become a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, sent naked photos of herself to a 15-year-old former student. The illicit pictures, which Carpenter-Bearse admitted to sending via Snapchat, were brought to their attention by the boy’s parents.

Carpenter-Bearse, 28, was released on bond following her arraignment. She’s been suspended from her teaching position.

What steps should schools take to better ensure teachers can be trusted with children? Should Carpenter-Bearse be retroactively stripped of her Miss Kentucky title?


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