Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland was arrested after arranging to meet up with whom he believed to be a 13-year-old boy for a sexual encounter. Westmoreland, who plays the grandfather character named Henry Mack on Disney’s “Andi Mack,” was en route to meet the supposed child when he was apprehended by Salt Lake City police and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force on Friday.
Disney announced Friday that they had terminated Westmoreland’s role on the show due to the nature of the arrest. “Andi Mack” is filmed in Salt Lake City.
” Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” said a Disney Channel spokesperson, according to Page Six. “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.”
Westmoreland, 48, has also appeared on ABC’s “Scandal” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
The actor was corresponding with the supposed child, whom he met through an online dating app, in a sexual capacity before the arrest. “According to reports citing court documents, Westmoreland asked the minor to engage in oral sex and other sexual acts, and requested that the minor send him nude photos,” reports Page Six. According to ABC News 4, Westmoreland sent the minor pornographic photos of himself.
Westmoreland was apparently planning to bring the supposed child back to his hotel room for sex.
The actor now faces four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor and one count of enticing a minor.
As noted by ABC News 4, the characters on the “Andi Mack” show are the same age as Westmoreland’s alleged victim: 13. “The comedy, created by Terri Minsky, follows 13-year-old Andi Mack and her best friends, Cyrus Goodman and Buffy Driscoll, as they attend middle school.”
Pedophilia has been described as an “open secret” in Hollywood.
Recently, award-winning actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by 15 individuals, one of whom is actor Anthony Rapp. Rapp claims Spacey made sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old. Spacey responded to the accusations by coming out as a gay man.
Former child actor Corey Feldman has long claimed “the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” a statement he made during a 2011 interview on Nightline. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry … It’s the big secret,” he said.
“[Corey Haim] had more direct abuse than I did,” Feldman told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now, and I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being. As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haim’s shoes, I go, ‘Oh my God—well of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that.’ What more could we expect of him really?”
Haim died of pneumonia in 2010.
As to why Feldman cannot “name names,” the former actor told The Hollywood Reporter, “I would love to name names. I’d love to be the first to do it. But unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening. Because if I were to go and mention anybody’s name, I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I’m the one that would be sued. We should be talking to the district attorneys and the lawmakers in California, especially because this is where the entertainment industry is and this is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”
Memorably, Feldman was once ridiculed on “The View” by executive producer and co-host Barbara Walters when he was speaking out about the alleged pedophilia in Hollywood. “You’re damaging an entire industry,” she chided Feldman.