Former Disney star Stoney Westmoreland charged with six felony counts after attempting to have sex with 13-yr-old boy
He fell prey to a sting operation, and now as the truth emerges, it seems there is no escape for the beloved grandpa.
Former Disney star, Stoney Westmoreland, who made headlines for the attempted exploitation of a minor and enticing a minor, is now being charged with six felony counts after authorities said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old boy. Reportedly, the 48-year-old actor was on the dating app Grindr when he found a profile operated by a police detective in Salt Lake City, Utah, close to where the show 'Andy Mack' is filmed.
The charging documents reveal that the actor, who is best kown for his role as grandpa Ham on the popular Disney Channel show 'Andy Mack', was arrested on December 13, in Salt Lake City after he took a car to meet the 13-year-old so they could go back to his hotel room. Westmoreland had apparently asked the minor to share nude images of himself on the app, and later, the actor himself sent out various pornographic photos. Following the charges, Westmoreland was removed from the show.
The star 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. According to People, 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."
A Disney Channel spokesperson told Fox News at the time of Westmoreland's arrest: "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."
Westmoreland's arrest has enraged the show's audience who now believe they need to make their own children aware of the kind of man the actor is. A fan of the show, on Twitter, declared, "Now would be a good time for all parents of kids who had contact with this man to talk to their children and ensure their well being, just as it is always a good time to talk to them about sick people who take advantage of kids. Silence only helps abusers and never the victims." The actor has also starred in shows like 'Scandal', 'Breaking Bad', 'Better Call Saul', 'NCIS', and 'Gilmore Girls'.