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Crime History: Folk singer busted for taking immoral liberties with girl

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On this day, March 26, in 1970, Peter Yarrow, of the folk-singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary, pleaded guilty to taking immoral liberties with the 14-year-old president of his fan club in the District.

The incident occurred in 1969 while the trio was on tour, performing hits like "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane."

Two sisters, ages 14 and 17, went to Yarrow's room at the Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park. The singer, then 31, was reportedly naked when he answered the door and let the girls in. He admitted to making sexual advances to the younger teen while her sister looked on.

Yarrow was sentenced to three months in jail. He was pardoned by President Carter in 1981.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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