Bearse pleaded guilty last December to one charge of possession of material describing minors in sexually explicit conduct.
She then told the court that she intended to send a risky photo to her husband, but accidentally sent it to the victim, 15, via Snapchat. She said the student asked for more photos, so she obeyed because she was “afraid of not appeasing him.”
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She was first charged with four counts of sending obscene material to a minor in connection with the incident, which took place between August and October 2018. Bearse worked as a college professor at Cross Lanes, W.Va., at the time.
The boy, 15, was one of his former students. One of his parents found topless photos of Bearse on his phone and informed the police, according to reports.
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“Since I am the adult, and he was only a teenager, it is my fault, and I accept all the blame for the situation,” she said during her plea of guilt. “This is how I am guilty of this crime. I wasted a lot of time. ”
The sentence was passed almost exactly six years after Bearse won the Miss Kentucky beauty pageant on July 12, 2014. Her name was then named Ramsey Carpenter. She entered the Miss America contest later that year.
Bearse was suspended from teaching after the charges were announced, and the school says she is no longer working there.
Bearse is scheduled to report to prison by Monday morning.
—With Associated Press files
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