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Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland who is known for his role as grandfather Henry “Ham” Mack on the Disney Channel sitcom Andi Mack has been fired from the show after he was arrested in Salt Lake City on Friday, December 14.
According to reports, Westmoreland was arrest for allegedly trying to arrange to have sex with a person he believed was 13 years old.
“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series Andi Mack, was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a spokesperson for the 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.”
NBC’s Salt Lake City TV affiliate KSL reported that according to an affidavit filed in 3rd District Court, Westmoreland allegedly began communicating online with a user he believed was underage “on an internet app used for dating and meeting people for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.” The actor allegedly sent the person pornographic photos and also asked the person to engage in acts with him and to send nude photos, KSL reported.
He was eventually arrested after he took a ride-sharing service to pick up the person he believed he was communicating with but was actually speaking with the Salt Lake City Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. He has been charged on four count of enticing, soliciting, seducing or luring a minor by Internet or text.