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*Ryan O'Neal pleads guilty to felony meth possession

January 9, 2009 | 10:58 am

*Updated at 2:15 p.m.

Ryan O'Neal mugshotRyan O’Neal pleaded guilty this morning in a Malibu courtroom to felony possession of methamphetamine, but the charge will be wiped from his record if he completes a court-approved drug diversion program.

The “Love Story” actor must undergo 18 months of treatment and counseling to earn the dismissal, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

He was arrested Sept. 17 at his Malibu home after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies conducting a probation search on his son, Redmond, found drugs in the actor’s bedroom.

Redmond O’Neal, whose mother is Farrah Fawcett, also was charged with drug possession. At the time of his arrest, the 23-year-old was on probation for felony possession of heroin and methamphetamine and misdemeanor driving under the influence. He is due in court next month.

--Harriet Ryan

Update: L.A. district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said the narcotics were found inside Ryan O'Neal's shoes in his bedroom.

Photo credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department