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Fred Willard could dodge lewd conduct charges

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Actor Fred Willard attends the official launch party of BritWeek at a private residence in Hancock Park 2012 on April 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

(AP) LOS ANGELES - 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.

Fred Willard arrested for alleged lewd conduct at adult movie theater