Updated: 2:21 PM PST 12/24/2018
The former Disney Channel actor, Stoney Westmoreland, is currently being charged with six counts of felonies after police officials stated he tried to meet and have sex with a 13-year-old boy.
Westmoreland who is 48, was on the LGBT dating app, Grindr, when he came across a profile that appeared to be an underage boy. However, the profile was secretly operated by detectives in Salt Lake City, the location near where the show “Andi Mack” is filmed, prosecutors said.
On Dec. 13, the actor was arrested after arranging a ride through a cab service app to meet the boy so they could go back to his hotel room, authorities mentioned. Before the arrangement, Westmoreland had previously sent over many explicit photos to the “boy”, requesting for nude pictures in exchange for his, authorities said.
Westmoreland confirmed and acknowledged to police that he had sent the nude photos and knew the person he was speaking with claimed to be 13 years of age, charging documents state.
A message was left to Mitchell Stubbs, Westmoreland’s agent on Monday but did not receive an immediate response. There is no attorney listed for Westmoreland in court records.
On Friday, Westmoreland was charged for enticing a minor, attempted exploitation of a minor and four counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor by an adult.
A $100,000 warrant was issued for Westmoreland, who previously bailed out of the Salt Lake County jail. A public safety assessment was filed with the court and found that Westmoreland was at low risk for public safety. No new court date was immediately set.
After his arrest, Westmoreland was immediately removed from his leading role as the grandfather of the teenage title character in the Disney show.