Stoney Westmoreland, a 48-year-old actor known for his recurring role as a grandfather in the Disney LGBTQ-inclusive series Andi Mack, has been fired from the show following his arrest last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westmoreland allegedly tried to arrange a sexual tryst with a 13-year-old boy.
Police reports say that Westmoreland used a hookup app to exchange sexual messages with someone he thought was a 13-year-old. (It’s unclear whether the boy actually existed or whether police merely set up the profile to lure people in.)
Westmoreland reportedly asked the boy for sex and nude photos, also sending nude photos of himself. The Salt Lake City Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force reportedly arrested Westmoreland when he sent a car via a ride sharing app to transport the boy to his location.
He has since been charged four counts of dealing in materials harmful to minors and soliciting sex from a minor.
In a statement, Disney Channel wrote, “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.”
The age of consent for boys is 18 in Utah, though people can marry (with their parents’ permission) as early as 15.
A little over a year ago, Andi Mack became the first live-action Disney Channel show to have an openly LGBTQ character.
In the show’s groundbreaking October 2017 episode, Cyrus — a friend of the show’s titular heroine Andi Mack — realizes that he has a crush on a boy named Jonah. Cyrus may also feel attracted to girls, but his feelings compel him to come out to his friend Buffy in a local cafe.
Here’s the Andi Mack coming out scene below: