The Disney Channel fired actor Stoney Westmoreland after he was arrested for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a minor.
Police in Salt Lake City, Utah arrested Westmoreland, who previously had a recurring role on the Disney Channel series “Andi Mack,” on Friday, after they say he sent inappropriate materials, including nude photos of himself, to someone he believed to be a minor and then attempted to meet up with him, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
A representative for the Disney Channel confirmed Westmoreland’s arrest and subsequent firing in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” their statement reads.
After communicating with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy through a dating app, Westmoreland allegedly planned to take the child to a hotel room for sex, police told Entertainment Weekly. Officers arrested Westmoreland and charged him with one count of enticing a minor, in addition to four counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor, online police records state.
Westmoreland is being held in Salt Lake County prison on $30,000 bail, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The “Andi Mack” series, filmed in Salt Lake City, featured Westmoreland as the main character’s grandfather for three seasons before his termination. His other television credits include “Scandal” and “NCIS,” and he produced and directed the 2018 film “Golden Boy.”
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