- Former Disney actor, Stoney Westmoreland is sentenced.
- The actor was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
- He was charged with committing a sexual offense against a minor.
Former Disney actor Stoney Westmoreland was sentenced to two years in federal prison for attempting to lure a minor into having sex with him and using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor following a 2018 arrest in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to FoxNews.
The 52-year-old actor initially faced 10 years in prison for six different felony counts, but was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges. He was arrested in December 2018 for allegedly trying to arrange sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy.
Actor Stoney Westmoreland sentenced
The former Andi Mack star has also received 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender, according to Deadline. His electronic devices will be subject to random searches and inspections, and he is required to report all electronic communication accounts, including email and social media handling.
Contact with people under the age of 18 and without adult supervision is also restricted. Actor Stoney Westmoreland was initially arrested on December 13, 2018. He had been using the dating app Grindr when he came across a profile that appeared to be of an underage boy but was actually being operated by undercover detectives in Salt Lake City, where his Disney show was filming, Fox News detailed.
How did they catch the Disney actor?
At the time, Stoney Westmoreland ordered a car from a ride-sharing app and used it to meet the boy so they could go back to his hotel room, authorities said at the time. He had previously sent explicit photos and asked for nude photos in return, authorities said.
Stoney Westmoreland admitted to police that he had sent nude photos and that he knew the person he was talking to said they were 13 years old, charging documents said. An attorney for the actor told Fox News Digital that her client believed he was actually talking to an adult.
Stoney Westmoreland says he thought he was talking to an adult
“Mr. Westmoreland maintains that he believed the person he was talking to was likely an adult participating in a role-playing game,” Stoney Westmoreland’s attorney, Wendy Lewis, said. “If there had been a real minor there when he arrived, he would have left.”
Defense attorney Wendy Lewis went on to say that Stoney Westmoreland was evaluated by Dr. Fred Berlin of the Johns Hopkins Institute for the Study, Prevention, and Treatment of Sexual Trauma, who testified that the actor had no sexual interest in children.
Disney has already fired him
In turn, Wendy Lewis stated: “Due to the possibility of a minimum sentence of 10 years and the conservative juries in Utah, Mr. Westmoreland has agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of transmitting information about a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.”
Shortly after his arrest, Stoney Westmoreland was removed from his role as the grandfather of a teenage character on a Disney series. A Disney Channel spokesperson told Fox News at the time of the arrest: “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of minor employees, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not return to work on the series.” Stoney Westmoreland’s other acting credits include appearances on Scandal and Breaking Bad.
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