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Fred Willard, Nick Stahl arrested by same LAPD vice unit

December 28, 2012 |  1:23 pm

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The same undercover Los Angeles Police Department unit that arrested actor Fred Willard at an adult movie theater earlier this year also took into custody actor Nick Stahl during a sting in Hollywood on Thursday.

Stahl was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct at an adult movie shop in Hollywood on Thursday.

In July,the same LAPD vice unit arrested Willard, 72, at the Tiki Theater in the 5400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. LAPD officers said they observed Willard "engaged in a lewd act" but did not elaborate. The unit is assigned to crack down on sex crimes in the Hollywood area. Willard was told he could avoid a criminal trial if he completed a diversion program.

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The Los Angeles City Attorney's office on Friday was reviewing whether to file a misdemeanor charge against Stahl, who appeared in "Terminator 3" among other movies.

It's the latest problem for the actor.

Earlier this year, he disappeared, prompting a search for him on skid row by the LAPD.

His family told police that Stahl, 33, has frequented skid row, and LAPD officials said officers who work the downtown beat were given copies of his photo and told to keep an eye out for him.

He eventually reemerged in public.

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Photo: At top, Fred Willard. Credit: L.A. Times; Below, Nick Stahl attends the world premiere of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" in 2003. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images. 

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