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Fred Willard offered diversion course after arrest for lewd conduct

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April 26, 2011: This file photo shows actor Fred Willard arriving at the fifth annual BritWeek in Los Angeles. (AP)

Prosecutors say Fred Willard will be allowed to enroll in counseling courses to resolve a lewd conduct arrest that cost the actor his job on a public television program.

Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says prosecutors on Friday determined that Willard's case was eligible for a diversion program that will allow him to escape formal charges of lewd conduct if he completes the required courses.

Mateljan says Willard's program could include sessions on decision-making and sex-related crimes.

Willard was arrested Wednesday night by police officers doing a routine check at a Hollywood adult theater. Hours later he was fired as the narrator of "Market Warriors," a show produced by a Boston PBS affiliate.

Mateljan says Willard could still be charged if he fails to complete the diversion course.

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