48-year old Andi Mack actor Stoney Westmoreland was swiftly fired by the Disney Channel after his arrest. Westmoreland was arrested for allegedly arranging to have a sexual relationship with a 13-year old girl. The actor played Henry "Ham" Mack, the main character's grandfather on the show for the first three seasons. Westmoreland has also appeared on Scandal, Better Call Saul, NCIS, and Breaking Bad over the years.
According to Salt Lake City authorities, Stoney Westmoreland started chatting with someone who he believed to be a 13-year old girl on an app with the "purpose of engaging sexual activity." Westmoreland allegedly asked the girl to engage in oral sex and sent four lewd photographs of himself and asked for photos in return. The actor was arrested when he utilized a rideshare service to pick up the minor and bring her back to his hotel "in order to engage in sexual activity." Westmoreland was brought in by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and faces one count of enticing a minor as well as four counts of sending materials harmful to a minor.
Hours after Stoney Westmoreland was arrested, the Disney Channel fired him and released a statement about the incident. 13-years old is the age of most of the actors on the show as well as the age that they play in the series and the network decided to make the decision right after the news became public. A rep for Disney Channel had this to say about the incident.
"Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series Andi Mack, was arrested in Salt Lake City today. 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."
Enticing a minor in the state of Utah is a first degree felony, which could land Stoney Westmoreland in jail for up to three years. If convicted for a second time, Westmoreland could face life behind bars. After he is sent to jail (if the judge orders jail time) for his first offense, the actor will have to register as a child sex offender and will not be allowed to be near children or live near areas where there might be children.
Andi Mack is one of the more popular shows on the Disney Channel and it centers on the 13-year old Mack and her best friends, Cyrus Goodman and Buffy Driscoll, as they attend middle school. Mack originally believed that Stoney Westmoreland's Henry was her father, but later learned that he is her grandfather. It isn't clear if the show will replace Westmoreland or completely write the character off of the show. This news was first reported by Salt Lake City's NBC4.