Stoney Westmoreland, a former actor on Disney Channel's Andi Mack, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for attempting to lure a minor into sex.
Westmoreland, 52, played grandfather Henry "Ham" Mack on the Disney sitcom, appearing in more than 25 episodes over three seasons. He was fired from the series just hours after his arrest in 2018.
Once he completes his two-year sentence, Westmoreland will be on 10 years of supervised release and restricted from contacting people under 18 without adult supervision. Deadline reports the actor originally faced up to 10 years in prison, but a plea deal resulted in a lesser charge of using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor.
Westmoreland was arrested in 2018 in Salt Lake City, where Andi Mack filmed, after interacting with a Grindr profile run by a police detective posing as a 13-year-old boy. According to prosecutors, the actor took a rideshare service to meet who he thought was the boy for the purpose of taking the child back to his hotel. Westmoreland was arrested the same day. Police alleged that in addition to arranging the meeting, Westmoreland had sent pornographic photos to the teen and asked him to engage in sexual acts. The actor was charged with six felony counts for attempting to have sex with an underage boy.
Wendy Lewis, Westmoreland's lawyer, told TMZ that a doctor concluded the actor believed the communication to be a form of roleplay with an adult and that her client did not think he was communicating with a young boy.
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TOPICS: Stoney Westmoreland, Disney Channel, Andi Mack, Sexual Misconduct