CINCINNATI – A former Miss Kentucky winner has been charged with sending nude photos to a teenage student.
Ramsey Bearse, 28, now lives in Charleston, West Virginia, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. She allegedly sent obscene photographs of herself to a 15-year-old former student at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, according to the sheriff's office.
She was charged Friday with four felony counts of distributing or displaying obscene matter to a minor.
"She is currently suspended from her teaching position," the sheriff's office said in a release. "Mrs. Bearse was released on a $10,000 property bond following her arraignment."
The student’s parent informed authorities of lewd pictures sent by Bearse that were found on the teenager’s phone, according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities say Bearse admitted to sending the photos on Snapchat.
A spokesman for Kanawha County Schools declined to comment but confirmed that Bearse was a teacher at the school.
Bearse, who was crowned under her maiden name of Carpenter, won the pageant in June 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
The Associated Press contributed.