Former Disney actor charged
The Canadian Press –
December 24, 2018 / 12:24 | Story:
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Former Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been charged with six felony charges after authorities said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old boy.
Westmoreland, 48, was in the dating app Grindr when he found a profile that looked like a minor kid but was actually operated by a police detective in Salt Lake City near the location where the show "Andi Mack" is filmed , prosecutors said. .
A message left with Westmoreland agent Mitchell Stubbs on Monday was not immediately returned. No lawyer was listed for Westmoreland in court records.
The actor was arrested Dec. 13 after he took a car from an application to meet the boy so they could return to their hotel room, authorities said. He had already submitted explicit photos and asked for naked pictures in return, authorities said.
Westmoreland acknowledged police had sent naked pictures, and knew that the person he was talking to said that he was 13 years old, collecting papers in state.
Westmoreland was charged on Friday with inciting a minor, attempted exploitation of a minor and four counts of trafficking in material injurious to a minor by an adult.
A $ 100,000 warrant was issued for Westmoreland, who had already rescued him from the Salt Lake County jail. A public safety assessment presented to the court revealed that he had a low risk to public safety. No new court date was immediately set.
Westmoreland was stripped of his role as the grandfather of the teenage title character at the Disney show after his arrest.
Westmoreland's other acting credits include TV's "Scandal" and "Breaking Bad."