Everybody's beloved grandpa Ham from the very popular Disney Channel show 'Andy Mack' has been arrested for allegedly trying to have sex with a person he believed was just 13 years old. Stoney Westmoreland, the Disney channel actor, is known for playing the role of Henry “Ham” Mack on the show and was arrested on Friday in Salt Lake City, Utah where the filming of the Disney sitcom takes place.
People magazine reported that Westmoreland was fired from the show shortly after the news broke out. As per KSL, the 48-year-old actor allegedly contacted the person through an app and believed they were only of 13. The outlet also reported that an affidavit filed in 3rd District Court states that the app is specifically “used for dating and meeting people for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.”
As per the Utah police, during chatting with the teenager, Westmoreland had also allegedly sent pornographic pictures of himself to the minor and also asked the person to send him nude photos and engage in sexual acts. He was in a ride-sharing service, on his way to meet the minor, who — according to investigators — he had planned to bring back to his hotel room when the Salt Lake City Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force arrested him, says the affidavit.
Westmoreland was eventually charged with 'four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, and one count of enticing a minor by Internet or text, both of which are third-degree felonies,' says People magazine. Later on that evening, Disney channel also confirmed to the magazine that 'after learning of Westmoreland’s arrest, his role on the show had been terminated.' “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a spokesperson from Disney Channel said.
“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,” they added. Apart from his most recent role as the grandfather on Andi Mack, Westmoreland has also appeared on Scandal, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, NCIS, and Gilmore Girls previously.