Andi Mack actor Stoney Westmoreland has been sentenced to two years in prison for sex crimes against a minor.
After his prison term, the 52-year-old will be released from prison for ten years and must register as a sex offender.
The former Disney Channel star was first arrested in Salt Lake City in December 2018, according to Deadline.
He was charged in connection with attempting to seduce a minor into having sex.
While lawmakers originally wanted Westmoreland to serve a 10-year sentence, they instead made a plea deal that allowed him a lower charge.
His lesser charge said he used interstate works to transport information about a minor.
The “Scandal” actor’s plea deal also notes that he must cooperate with random searches on his electronic devices, as well as report his email and social media accounts.
Westmoreland prohibits contact with persons under the age of 18 and without adult supervision.
The outlet noted that he was using the Grindr dating app back in 2018 when he found a profile of what was said to be a 13-year-old boy.
The profile was actually created by detectives in Salt Lake City, where the Westmoreland Disney show was filmed. Shortly after his arrest, he was fired from the children’s show.
Authorities said at the time that he took a car from a ridesharing app to meet the teenager so they could retire to his hotel room. Police also claimed he sent NSFW photos to the child in exchange for requesting nude snaps.
Westmoreland was taken into custody, where he admitted to police sending nude photos and knew the person he was talking to said he was a teenager.
His attorney, Wendy Lewis, recently told Fox News that he thought he was speaking to an adult on the dating app.
“Mr. Westmoreland claims that he believed the person he was speaking to was likely an adult engaged in role-playing,” Lewis said. “Had there actually been a minor there when he arrived, he would have left.”
She also explained that Westmoreland was told by Dr. Fred Berlin from the Johns Hopkins Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma. The doctor had testified that the screen star showed no sexual interest in children.
Lewis added, “Because of the possibility of a minimum of 10 years imprisonment and the conservative jury in Utah, Mr. Westmoreland agreed to plead the lesser offense of providing information about a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.”