Another day, another former Disney employee convicted for enticing a sexual relationship with a minor.
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Former Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after he was caught trying to entice a 13-year-old boy into sex on the internet.
According to TMZ, the actor pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor, and a judge gave him 24 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release. Westmoreland was initially looking at 10 years in prison for enticement of a minor over the Internet.
Westmoreland was busted in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2018 after authorities said he arranged online to have sex with someone who was only 13 years old, allegedly communicating via an app used for dating and setting up sexual encounters.
Westmoreland, who was in the city filming a Disney Channel show, reportedly asked the person to engage in acts with him and to send him nude photos. The report cites an affidavit claiming Westmoreland sent the person pornographic images. Stoney was using Grindr and was actually communicating with an undercover officer posing as someone else.
Stoney’s lawyer claims that Westmoreland thought the exchange was roleplay with an adult online and that Stoney didn’t actually believe he was communicating with a 13-year-old. As part of the plea deal, obtained by TMZ, Stoney must register as a sex offender and report all of the accounts he uses for email and social media to authorities.
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Westmoreland played the character of Henry “Ham” Mack on the 2017 Disney Channel show “Andi Mack.”
“Andi Mack” was the first series on the Disney Channel to feature a gay main character named Cyrus Goodman. The show was praised among LGBTQ activist groups and nominated for numerous GLAAD Media Awards and other media awards for being a show aimed at 6-14-year-olds that featured storylines such as a gay character coming out to their parents.
Westmoreland was fired from the show in 2018 after his arrest and as a result of his conviction, he is restricted from contact with individuals who are under 18 years of age without adult supervision meaning he is unable to work on the show.
In 2018, Disney commented on Westmoreland’s arrest, “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.”
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This is not the first time an actor connected to Disney has been arrested on charges of sexual relationships with minors. Earlier this year, Disney’s Dumbo Actor Joseph Gatt was arrested in California for allegedly engaging in “online sexually explicit communication with a minor across state lines.” He was later released on Bond.
Back in March, Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced they arrested “108 people during a six-day human trafficking campaign” titled Operation March Sadness 2. Among those arrested were multiple employees of The Walt Disney Company and/or their subsidiaries.
Sheriff Grady Judd said, “The arrests of a human trafficker and four child predators alone makes this whole operation worthwhile. The online prostitution industry enables traffickers and victimizes those who are being trafficked. Our goal is to identify victims, offer them help, and find and arrest those who are profiting from the exploitation of human beings. Johns fuel trafficking and victimization. Where there is prostitution, there is exploitation, disease, dysfunction, and broken families.”
Disney has also had a public feud for the last few months with the state of Florida over its Parental Rights in Education law that bans the teaching of gender identity and transgender ideology to children in kindergarten through third grade.
The bill was designed to prevent teachers and instructors to groom children into alternative lifestyles at a young and impressionable age.
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