Miss Teen USA 'sextortion' and other pageant girls in the news

The 'sextortion' case of Miss Teen USA 2013 is the latest story involving a beauty queen to make headlines away from the pageant stage.

Jared James Abrahams, 19, a computer student at the University of Southern California, hacked the webcams of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and a dozen other young women worldwide in a blackmail plot. Abrahams secretly took naked photos of the women and threatened to go public with the photos if they did not send him more nude images or strip for him on camera.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized access of a computer. Abrahams plea deal calls for 27 to 33 months in federal prison. He will be sentenced in March, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

But Miss Teen USA isn't the only pageant girl to make national headlines through the years.

Remember Miss South Carolina and her memorable answer to a question about Americans not being able to locate the U.S. on a map?

More recently, Miss Utah had a headline-making response to a pageant question.

The controversies go deeper than terrible answers to questions from pageant judges. Miss Teen Delaware gave up her crown in February after an online porn video surfaced. In April, she was given one year of probation for underage alcohol possesion in Maryland.

And who can forget Vanessa Williams' resignation after becoming the first African American Miss America.

And then there's Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, who, along with her wacky family, became the guilty pleasure for millions of Americans.


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