Crime History - Folk singer pleads to 'liberties' with 14-year-old in D.C.

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

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

Two sisters, ages 14 and 17, went to Yarrow's room at the Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park. The singer, then 32, was reportedly naked when he answered the door and let the girls in. He admitted to making sexual advances to the 14-year-old girl while her sister looked on.

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

-- Scott McCabe

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