Former Disney Channel star Kyle Massey has been charged with one felony count of immoral communication with a minor, according to court records.
The charges were filed on June 14 in King County, Wash., and Massey was scheduled to appear at an arraignment hearing on Monday, according to the King County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. Massey failed to appear at the hearing. His next hearing will be on July 12.
Representatives for Massey did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.
Massey, now 29, was previously sued in 2019 for allegedly sending explicit messages and photos to a 13-year-old girl. The civil suit claimed that the actor, who first met the girl when she was four years old, reconnected with her in 2018 after she expressed interest in entering the entertainment industry.
The suit, which asked for $1.5 million, said Massey sent the girl “numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos” over Snapchat.
According to the charging documents filed by prosecutors, the victim’s mother told the King County Sheriff’s Office that her lawyers had initially advised her not to file criminal charges. She reported the incident to the sheriff’s department after the lawyers declined to pursue the case, saying that “Massey didn’t have enough money to make the case worth it.”
The charging documents go on to describe communications between the victim and Massey on Snapchat, including multiple images of his genitals. Investigators submitted a search warrant for data connected to the account and confirmed that the account belonged to Massey.
Massey is best known for starring on the Disney sitcoms “That’s So Raven” and spinoff “Cory in the House.” His other credits include the Disney Channel Original Movie “Life Is Ruff” and Season 11 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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