'Andi Mack' Actor Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Have Sex with a Minor
Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland, who plays Henry "Ham" Mack on "Andi Mack," was arrested Friday in Salt Lake City, Utah, for allegedly trying to have sex with a person he thought was 13 years old.
People magazine reports the arrest — in the city in which "Andi Mack" films — has cost Westmoreland his job, offering the following statement provided by Disney Channel: “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."
Westmoreland is accused of contacting a person he thought to be 13 on a hookup app, sending the person pornographic photos, and asking the teen to do the same. He was arrested by the Salt Lake City Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force while allegedly en route to meet the minor.
According to The Washington Post, Westmoreland was held at the Salt Lake County Jail on a $30,000 bond as of Saturday; there was no indication that he had an attorney, and his management agency, Mitchell K. Stubbs & Assoc., did not reply to requests from the paper for comment.
Westmoreland — who has also appeared on such shows as "Scandal" and "Breaking Bad," directed the 2018 feature "Golden Boy," and was associated with NRA ads — was charged with four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor and one count of enticing a minor by Internet or text, all of which are third-degree felonies.