Charges against the actress are dropped after she turns herself in in New York

By People Staff
Updated December 15, 2006 05:20 PM

Charges against American Pie star Natasha Lyonne were dropped on Friday when she turned herself in at a New York City court – answering to accusations that she threatened to sexually molest her former neighbor’s dog.

Because Lyonne completed a court-ordered drug program and paid $2,000 restitution in the case, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara said that he was sentencing her to a conditional discharge, the Associated Press reports.

A bench warrant had been issued for her arrest in January after Lyonne, 27, missed four court hearings on charges including criminal mischief, harassment and trespassing.

Among the more bizarre details of her case, she was accused of threatening to sexually molest a former neighbor’s dog during a 2004 argument.

At Lyonne’s appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court, drug counselor Heather Hayes said the actress had undergone an in-patient drug program in February and was still attending outpatient rehab groups.

Judge Ferrara had promised that the charges would be dropped if Lyonne stays out of trouble for the next six months, Reuters reports.

Lyonne was in a similar situation last year, when a warrant was issued for her arrest after a judge called her case three times in one day. Prosecutors said Lyonne finally arrived in court one hour late, stayed half an hour, then took off.