An actor who has been seen in TV shows including “Scandal,” “NCIS,” “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” and had a recurring role on Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” has been charged with several counts in connection with an alleged attempt to have sex with a 13-year-old boy.
CNN reports that Stoney Westmoreland faces an indictment from the Salt Lake County, Utah, district attorney charging him with one count of enticing a minor, four counts of dealing harmful material to a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
“According to the indictment, Westmoreland, 48, used a dating app to chat with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. The indictment also states the actor used the app to send explicit pictures and to arrange a meeting for sex at his hotel,” CNN reports. “When Westmoreland arrived at the arranged spot, he was arrested by Salt Lake City Police and members of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. The indictment says he admitted to sending the nude photos and that the person he thought he was speaking to told him he was 13.”
Westmoreland, who played Ham Mack, the main character’s grandfather, in 38 episodes of “Andi Mack,” was fired by Disney after he was arrested earlier this month.
CNN quotes a statement from Disney Channel saying: “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.”