Hometown of former Miss Kentucky reacts to arrest


As former Miss Kentucky, and Ohio County native, Ramsey Bearse waits for her next day in court, news of her arrest in West Virginia late last week, leaving many in her hometown of Hartford surprised.

She was charged for sending inappropriate pictures of herself to a minor.

“Just people kind of surprised, taken back, because she’s just a good girl, a down to earth person,” said Jeff Ashby, who knew her family.  He says he was taken aback at the news of Bearse’s arrest last week in West Virginia because she’s from what he described as a respectful family.

“It’s got to be tough on them,” he said. “I feel bad for them. Like I said, good people, but it’s a bad situation she’s put herself in.”

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia, Bearse allegedly sent obscene photos of herself to a 15-year-old who was a former student of hers at a middle school she taught at. She was released on a$10,000 bond. Some residents were left stunned.

“I’m very disappointed, and kind of let down,” said Dean Gray of Hartford  “I don’t really understand why she would do something like that. It’s disappointing. It’s very disappointing.”

Hartford Mayor George Chinn says the signs taken down were put in to storage until the whole ordeal is done. In a statement to Eyewitness News, Dr. Ashley Anderson of the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organiztion said “the organization does not approve of the alleged behavior which led to the legal allegations and recent arrest of Bearse.” 

“It will pass in time, but you still wish it didn’t happen,” Ashby says.

One resident also tells us they believe her recent arrest does diminish her recent accomplishments.

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