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Fred Willard could avoid lewd conduct charges

Fred Willard appears in an interview with Eyewitness News reporter George Pennacchio in July 2012.

July 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Fred Willard has been given the opportunity to resolve his lewd conduct arrest.

On Friday, the L.A. City Attorney's Office determined Willard is eligible for a $380 diversion program, which consists of a two to three week course that discusses decision making, law and other topics.

The program is often offered in lieu of criminal prosecution if a defendant has no prior criminal history within the past 10 years. In 1990, Willard was arrested for lewd conduct but pleaded to disturbing the peace.

If he enrolls, Willard has a year to complete the program and he won't be formally charged with lewd conduct upon completion. But if Willard decides not to enroll or fails to complete the course, charges can be filed against him within a year.

Willard, 72, was arrested Wednesday night after police say they caught the actor with his pants down in an adult movie theater in Hollywood.

The actor has appeared in dozens of movies, including "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," and "Best in Show."

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