Stoney Westmoreland was a performer on Disney Channel’s top of the line demonstrate when, police stated, he hailed a ride-share vehicle to a Salt Lake City trailer leave late Thursday, supposedly planning to have intercourse with somebody he accepted to be a minor.
The 48-year old, who played a granddad on the Disney Channel arrangement “Andi Mack,” had utilized a dating application to meet a minor and sent express photographs, experts said.
And afterward, an arrangement was set into motion.
“He orchestrated to get together with what he thought was a 13-year old,” Detective Greg Wilking, a representative for the Salt Lake City Police Department, said Saturday.
Rather, police sat tight for Westmoreland as midnight drew closer and captured him in the sting without an episode, Wilking disclosed to The Washington Post.
He was accused of five lawful offense checks: one tally of luring a minor by Internet or content and four include of managing unsafe material to a minor. Wilking did not say which application Westmoreland supposedly utilized, or what sexual orientation he trusted the youngster to be.
Westmoreland was being held at the Salt Lake County Jail on $30,000 bond as of Saturday evening, as indicated by prison records.
It isn’t clear whether he has a lawyer. His administration office, Mitchell K. Stubbs and Associates, did not restore a demand for input.
Westmoreland plays Ham, one of a couple of grown-up characters on “Andi Mack” and the shrewd granddad of the title character, for 39 scenes crosswise over three seasons, as indicated by the Internet Movie Database. His co-stars extended from 14 to 17 years of age.
He was let go from the system Friday, Disney Channel representative Patti McTeague said in an announcement.
“Given the idea of the charges and our duty regarding the welfare of utilized minors, we have discharged him from his common job and he won’t return take a shot at the arrangement which wraps generation on its third season one week from now,” McTeague said.
On-screen character Stoney Westmoreland (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
“Andi Mack” is the Disney Channel’s best show, McTeague said. It is additionally appraised No. 1 on any system for young ladies 6-14, drawn by its portrayal of Andi Mack on an experience of self-revelation.
That likewise occurs with her companions; the show turned into the main Disney Channel program to highlight a gay character turning out, Variety announced.
Westmoreland, who had shown up in the movies “War Dogs,” “Matchstick Men” and “Godzilla,” was gotten in a sort of sting that has turned out to be progressively executed with versatile applications, Wilking said.
Before cell phones, cops would need to go over message sheets and visit rooms to discover grown-ups hoping to engage in sexual relations with minors. It was progressively troublesome and work serious in prior years, Wilking said. Actor Stoney Westmoreland (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
“[Police are] out there trolling, searching for individuals hoping to attach” utilizing these applications, he said.