- Stoney Westmoreland, 52, was arrested in 2018 after trying to meet an investigator who was posing as a 13-year-old teenager on Grindr, police said
- Westmoreland, who played grandfather ‘Ham’ on Disney’s hit series Andy Mack, took a plea deal with the prosecution and will spend 24 months behind bars
- The disgraced actor originally faced a ten-year sentence stemming from charges of enticement of a minor over the Internet or text
- After taking the deal, he was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor
A former Disney Channel actor will spend two years in federal prison for allegedly enticing a minor into sex, prosecutors said.
Stoney Westmoreland, 52, communicated with an undercover officer on the app Grindr and was arrested in 2018 after trying to meet the investigator who was posing as a 13-year-old teenager.
Westmoreland, who is bisexual, had previously pleaded not guilty to enticement of a minor.
Known as grandfather Henry ‘Ham’ Mack on the children’s show Andi Mack, Westmoreland was fired by Disney in December 2018 on the same day he was arrested.
Disney said in a statement at the time Westmoreland was fired: ‘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.’
The series, which has positive viewer ratings on IMDb and Google, takes viewers into the everyday life and drama of 13-year-old Mack, played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee.
His co-stars on the program he worked on for three seasons ranged in age from 14 to 17 years old but the network is most popular with youngsters aged six to 14.
The series first aired on the Disney Channel in April 2017 and is currently still running.
Westmoreland has also starred in the TV series Scandal, NCIS: Los Angeles, Breaking Bad, Weeds and Gilmore Girls, to name a few.