Disney Channel Actor Fired After Arrest for Attempted Sexual Liaison With Minor
Stoney Westmoreland was arrested Friday after asking a 13-year-old he met via an online dating app to engage in sexual acts and send pornographic images. Disney severed ties with the actor hours later.
Stoney Westmoreland, an actor who starred on the Disney Channel sitcom Andi Mack, was arrested Friday for allegedly enticing a minor, according to Salt Lake City’s ABC 4 News. He has since been fired from the show, a spokesperson for the Disney Channel said in a statement.
According to reports, the actor — who portrays the grandfather on the series, which films in Utah — attempted a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old he met via an online dating app. Investigators say Westmoreland asked the minor to engage in sexual acts including oral, as well as asking the young teen for nude photographs in exchange for him sending his own pornographic images.
Investigators also report that Westmoreland intended on picking up the minor to bring to his hotel room “in order to engage in sexual activity.”
Westmoreland was taken into custody by Salt Lake City police and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. He faces one count of enticing a minor, as well as four counts of dealing materials harmful to a minor.
"Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series Andi Mack, was arrested in Salt Lake City today," a rep for Disney Channel said Friday night in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter. "Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series, which wraps production on its third season next week."
Apart from starring on Andi Mack, Westmoreland has also made appearances on shows such as Scandal, Better Call Saul, NCIS and Breaking Bad.