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Actor on Disney's Top Show Fired After Utah Arrest

Stoney Westmoreland had a role on 'Andi Mack'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 16, 2018 5:40 AM CST
This undated photo provided by the Disney Channel on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 shows Stoney Westmoreland as Henry "Ham" Mack in Salt Lake City.   (Craig Sjodin/Disney Channel via AP)
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(Newser) – Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been fired after he was arrested in Salt Lake City for allegedly attempting to have a sexual relationship with an online acquaintance he believed was 13 years old. In a statement Saturday, Disney announced that the 48-year-old Westmoreland had been dropped from the sitcom Andi Mack, on which he plays the grandfather of the teen-age title character; the Washington Post notes it's the Disney Channel's top-rated show. It films in Utah.

Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking told the AP that Westmoreland was on his way to what he believed would be a sexual encounter when he was arrested Friday and charged with enticing a minor and sending inappropriate materials, including nude images. Fox13 reports an affidavit of probable cause states Westmoreland allegedly planned "to pick up the person who he believed to be 13 years old and take [the person] back to his hotel room in order to engage in sexual activity." A message left with Westmoreland's agent was not immediately returned. Westmoreland's other acting credits include Scandal and Breaking Bad.

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