Former Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland, 52, was sentenced last week to serve two years in federal prison after being charged with attempting to lure a minor into having sex. Westmoreland played the role of a grandfather on the Disney Channel sitcom “Andi Mack.”
Westmoreland has credits for appearances on other television series including “NCIS,” “Scandal,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Better Call Saul.”
Before reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in Utah, Westmoreland was facing a possible 10-year sentence for the charge of enticement of a minor using the internet. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor as part of his agreement.
As part of his sentence, he must submit to DNA collection and must permanently register as a sex offender. His electronic devices and computers will also be subject to random searches without notice.
He will also be ordered to provide continuing reports of all online accounts he uses for communications. Westmoreland will also be prohibited from having any direct contact with children outside of approved adult supervision.
Westmoreland allegedly met who he thought was a 13-year-old boy in December 2018 on the mobile app Grindr. That platform describes itself as the world’s “largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people.” He is also claimed to have shared sexually explicit photos with the child over the app.
He was in fact communicating with a profile being operated by a Salt Lake City police detective. That city is where the Disney Channel show was produced and recorded.
Westmoreland made arrangements to meet the child and then take him to his hotel room according to charging documents. Officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force took him into custody when he arrived at the agreed location.
Police seized two sex toys from Westmoreland’s hotel room after the arrest. He reportedly admitted that he sent nude photos to who he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. His lawyer later said that the defendant admits to using Grindr, but believed he was “roleplaying with an adult.”
Westmoreland was fired by the Disney Channel after his arrest. The “Andi Mack” series has been described as a “”coming-of-age comedy-drama following the middle-school adventures of a 13-year-old girl and her friends.”