Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary reflects on ‘Just Causes,’ the story behind ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’


EXCLUSIVE: At age 83, Noel Paul Stookey still has plenty to say.

The singer/songwriter, known as the “Paul” in the ‘60s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, recently released “Just Causes,” a compilation of 15 songs, each highlighting a theme of social concern, including the environment, hunger, and drug trafficking, among others. The star paired each song in with an appropriate non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds. 

And Stookey is no stranger to singing for a good cause. The group’s version of “If I Had a Hammer” became an anthem for racial equality. The band famously performed Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” at the August 1963 March on Washington. They also protested the Vietnam war and joined the fight to improve the working conditions of California’s farmworkers – just to name a few.

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'Just Causes' is a carefully curated compilation of 15 songs by Noel Paul Stookey. Each song features a theme of social concern, including hunger, drug trafficking and the environment, among others. <br>
The legendary folk singer has paired each song with an appropriate designated non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds.

‘Just Causes’ is a carefully curated compilation of 15 songs by Noel Paul Stookey. Each song features a theme of social concern, including hunger, drug trafficking and the environment, among others. <br>
The legendary folk singer has paired each song with an appropriate designated non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds.

Stookey spoke to Fox News about releasing “Just Causes,” his favorite memory with Peter Yarrow and Mary Travers, the real story behind “Puff the Magic Dragon,” and becoming a born-again Christian.

Fox News: What can audiences expect from “Just Causes”?
Noel Paul Stookey: You know, it’s not the release so much. It’s what it’s about. That really gets me up and going on a lot of levels. I was just a young kid from the Midwest who fell in love with rhythm and blues. I had my own band in high school and played guitar. And Greenwich Village was a wake-up call with the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Josh White.

 I’ve been learning. I’m a slow learner. I’ve been learning over the last 50, 60 years *laughs*. But I’ve come in contact with some really wonderful people at some really wonderful moments like the March on Washington. It awakened me. It awakened all of us. My particular form of expression has always been music, whether it’s making up romantic songs in high school or bringing the mission of my heart to fruition. 

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Noel Paul Stookey is still passionate about music decades later.

Noel Paul Stookey is still passionate about music decades later.
(Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage/Getty Images)

Fox News: How did you choose the songs and the charities that you wanted to support in this album specifically?
Stookey: A lot of the songs that I’ve written were, first of all, about awareness. Not a lot of them are story songs, but after 50 years, there were 15 that were pretty obviously connected. For example, “Jean Claude” was a song about two boys caught up in the Nazi occupation of France.

We chose the Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum as its designated charity. It was a choice between them and the one in Washington, D.C. But not everybody gets to Washington, D.C. And wouldn’t it be nice if was supported by a remembrance and awareness institution further West? So we picked the Dallas Holocaust Museum.

There’s also “Tom Quick,” a song about America’s indigenous people. I was really touched by the First Nations Development Institute, which works to improve conditions for Native Americans. They provide grants and training. So I thought that really worked. And “The Connection” works with Partnership To End Addiction… There’s a need for families to get to the heart of the matter in terms of the addict’s needs and desires. And to provide support for those families. 

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Peter, Paul and Mary, circa 1983 in Chicago.

Peter, Paul and Mary, circa 1983 in Chicago.
(Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage/Getty Images)

Fox News: Do you think that artists like Bruce Springsteen can carry on the tradition of folk music that you, along with Peter and Mary created in the ‘60s?
Stookey: Oh for sure… I know he plays acoustic guitar and he’s been on Broadway. And I know there are other folkies who are easily more identified by people because they play acoustic guitar.

But the impact of folk music in the ‘60s was much more about the message than it was about the style. Even The Beatles reminded us of the fact that we are a community of human beings and we share concerns other than just romance. And that has an impact. It’s certainly evident in hip hop and rap, particularly in the early years. 

It may have had an edge to it that put people off. But there was some degree of sorrow and inequity that was being expressed and some anger. It’s about making a statement… It’s about making a message, whether it’s the environment, homelessness, voting rights, inequality… I think we all have to be aware of the fact that folk music is alive and well. It’s just wearing a lot of different clothes, playing a lot of different instruments and being a lot of different voices.

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American folk and pop group Peter, Paul and Mary perform during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963. The trio behind the microphone features, from left, Paul Stookey, Mary Travers (1936 - 2009), and Peter Yarrow. The march and rally provided the setting for the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech. 

American folk and pop group Peter, Paul and Mary perform during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963. The trio behind the microphone features, from left, Paul Stookey, Mary Travers (1936 – 2009), and Peter Yarrow. The march and rally provided the setting for the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. 
(Photo by Rowland Scherman/USIA/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Fox News: What’s one memory from your time with Peter and Mary that still makes you smile whenever you think about it?
Stookey: That’s funny. If you hadn’t included the word “smile,” of course, I probably would have said the March on Washington and standing with Dr. King when he gave us the “I Have a Dream” speech. But the memory I have, the one that gives me the biggest smile, was when the three of us dressed formally following a celebration of John F. Kennedy’s second year as president. 

We headed for a party at Lyndon Johnson’s house, the vice president. Carol Burnett was there dancing. The president was singing along arm-in-arm with Gene Kelly who also did some tap dancing for us. Jacqueline Kennedy was flirty with Yves Montand. And the president was very personable. But the smile comes from being in the backseat of the limo that was going about 60 miles an hour through D.C. neighborhoods behind police escort. I mean, what were these three kids doing in this limo? So that was a fun moment for all of us.

I remember the president graciously came over to each of the performers to thank us personally. I remember he asked, “What was the name of that song you sang when everybody applauded? They seem to know the lyrics and wanted to sing along as well.” The song was “If I Had a Hammer.” Well, Peter tried to explain that the song was popular and it was released as a single. Then he tried to describe what a 45 was. The president just smiled and said, “Yes, yes, I know what a 45 is. I just don’t get much of a chance to listen to the radio while driving to work anymore.” It was a beautiful moment.

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American musician Bob Dylan plays acoustic guitar and harmonica during a performance at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 1963. Among those behind him are, from left, Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers (1936 - 2009, Paul Stookey, Joan Baez (partially obscured), two unidentified people, Charles Neblett, Rutha Harris, and Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014).

American musician Bob Dylan plays acoustic guitar and harmonica during a performance at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 1963. Among those behind him are, from left, Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers (1936 – 2009, Paul Stookey, Joan Baez (partially obscured), two unidentified people, Charles Neblett, Rutha Harris, and Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014).
(Photo by Rowland Scherman/Getty Images)

Fox News: “Blowin’ in the Wind” was written by Bob Dylan, but it was Peter, Paul and Mary that truly made the song world-famous. How did he feel about the group covering the song?
Stookey: Oh, Bobby and I went back a year or two before the trio got together. I was master of ceremonies at the Gaslight Café and he was a passing through singer/songwriter. So we had a very comfortable relationship. As a matter of fact, he wrote the liner notes for our third album. Everyone was involved with folk music and we all showed up to support each other.

We lived in each other’s backyard. Sang each other’s songs. Learned from each other. We shared and shared. After you finished a set you would either spend time with the other folkies or go to the next show to see and hear what the other artists were doing. So there was a very strong involvement. 

Fox News: What’s the story behind “Puff the Magic Dragon”? There are many theories that still exist about that song.
Stookey: I think that poor Puff was a victim of his times for a bit *laughs*. When Peter wrote the additional verses, it was obviously about this little boy who had grown up and no longer believed in Puff. It was about a boy coming of age. But the times in which the song was released gave you a window of interpretation.

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Royal Variety Performance, London Palladium, 8th November 1965. Queen Elizabeth II makes her way down the presentation line. Meeting folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary, and actor-comedian Peter Sellers.

Royal Variety Performance, London Palladium, 8th November 1965. Queen Elizabeth II makes her way down the presentation line. Meeting folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary, and actor-comedian Peter Sellers.
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Peter went on stations and gave examples of how “The Star-Spangled Banner” could even be interpreted as a song about drugs. But unfortunately, it didn’t stop the rumor. And in some ways, it crippled sales. I believe it was either Hong Kong, Shanghai or Singapore, but they refused to play it because they felt it was about drugs. But it wasn’t and it never was. But the song still brings people joy.

Fox News: You became a born-again Christian in the late ‘60s. How did that influence your songwriting in any way?
Stookey: Oh, it completely changed my songwriting… I had a turnaround in the late ‘60s and the impact was pretty incredible. You have a whole new perspective. You feel refreshed. There’s a sense of being forgiven from your previous perspective, but you truly look at the world in a new way. My perspective on everything changed. And I’m immensely thankful for it. It altered everything, including my relationship with my family. And we moved to Maine from the city of New York. We felt closer to the Earth, which is a gift. We felt renewed. It gave us balanced. It really was a life-changing experience. 

Fox News: What has kept you going as an artist, especially within an industry that is constantly evolving?
Stookey: I was very fortunate in the late ‘70s to realize that the most important thing to me was my family and not a career. So I set the bar low *laughs*. But in terms of career success, that’s not to say that Peter, Mary and I didn’t miss the joy, the attention and the rewards that came from the performances of the ‘60s. And then when we got back together again in the ‘80s and ‘90s until Mary passed away in 2009, we had a very loyal, interested and involved audience.

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Noel Paul Stookey shows off a 12 string guitar custom-made by a Maine artisan, circa 2003. Stookey spends much of his time at his home in Blue Hill, Maine.

Noel Paul Stookey shows off a 12 string guitar custom-made by a Maine artisan, circa 2003. Stookey spends much of his time at his home in Blue Hill, Maine.
((Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images))

 I have [the drive] as long as I’ve still got something to say musically… I’m 83 years old now. And I’m thinking about my next album. I’m co-authoring a lot more than I used to. I’m looking at the talent around me and learning how they’re so astute, so clever. It’s been fantastic, really.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sampliner is also confident about Cuomo’s reopening schedule.

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Duggar married Vuolo, 33, in 2016. The couple moved to Laredo, Texas, where he worked in the ministry. During his free time at home, Duggar began to “dig” the Bible.

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“Growing up, I had a set of standards that I took for granted,” she wrote, adding that “my beliefs were changing”. Duggar said his studies made him realize “that biblical modesty runs deeper and deeper than wearing skirts instead of pants.”

“Modesty isn’t just about what you wear,” she wrote. “This is the position of your heart.”

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Jinger Duggar Vuolo currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

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According to Duggar, she “never found a passage specifically prohibiting women from wearing pants.”

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However, Duggar said that she “had to walk in the truth and follow what I knew the Bible said.”

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The couple now reside in Los Angeles where Vuolo is pursuing graduate studies at the Master Seminary.

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It became known that the interview had sparked some sort of dialogue between Harry and his brother and father, although they were apparently “unproductive”. It has also been reported that Harry and William began their healing process when they reunited for the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip.

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Despite being well-versed in the royal family, Seward said she struggled to understand Markle’s claims about mental health – that she was denied help when she felt that she “didn’t want to be alive.”

“I find it so hard to understand … what she was trying to tell us there,” said the author. “You don’t go to the human resources department in the UK. You go to a doctor, or you say to your husband, ‘Honey, I feel awful, I need you to find someone.’ Harry was in therapy himself, so he had to know people. “

Seward thinks Markle, 39, has struggled to adjust to royal life because “she always had a voice and I think she just didn’t understand that as the Duchess Royal you cannot have a voice. “

The family drama between the royal family and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been the subject of rumors for over a year now.  (Associated press)

The family drama between the royal family and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been the subject of rumors for over a year now. (Associated press)

Plus, she thinks that Harry “didn’t explain the ordinary things to her about being royal. That it’s not about you, but the monarchy – it’s not like being a celebrity.”

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The author said she was thrilled to see the former actress join the family, but knew that being American would make the transition difficult for her.

“I think she had no idea that she wouldn’t be able to say what she was thinking or wouldn’t be able to express her opinion,” Seward said. “It’s what she’s been used to all her life, and suddenly she’s in a strait-jacket.”

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She also said the interview caused serious damage to the Crown.

“No one attacks members of the royal family. I have never heard of a member of the royal family criticizing them like Harry or Meghan do,” the author explained.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ask for donations to fund vaccine collection for son Archie’s second birthday


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are using the occasion for Archie’s second birthday to push a vaccination campaign across the world.

A message posted to Archewell’s website for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Foundation encouraged visitors to “join us in advocating for vaccine equity,” particularly in poor countries where “the distribution has not actually started yet ”.

“Too many families are still grappling with the impact of this pandemic”, explain the royal couple in their memorandum.

“As some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world communities continue to suffer,” said Markle and Harry. “To date, around 80% of the nearly one billion Covid-19 vaccines that have been administered have been given in richer countries.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with their four-month-old son Archie as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with their four-month-old son Archie as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019.
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“While we may think that normalcy is imminent, we remember that in much of the world, and particularly in developing countries, vaccine distribution has not effectively started yet.”

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Markle and Harry have asked people to consider donating “just five dollars (£ 3.60)” and this can help cover “the cost of a dose for someone in need”.

“And because we’ve been able to get matching support from multiple organizations, that $ 5 you donate will automatically turn into $ 20 – covering the cost of four doses. Every dollar counts – not only will it help save lives, but it will help save families and communities, ”the two said in their scribe.

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The Sussexes are currently expecting their second child, a daughter, who is due to be born this summer.

Jessica Napoli of Fox News contributed to this article.

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The Gates family: who they are and what you need to know about them


Bill and Melinda Gates announced this week that they will divorce after 27 years of marriage.

According to recent reports, their separation is not amicable and has even affected their three adult children, Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.

Sources reportedly told TMZ on Thursday that “virtually everyone in the family has sided with Melinda.”

“First, we’re told it wasn’t a friendly split,” the outlet reported. “We were told that Melinda and most of the family were furious with Bill for various things they claim to have done. Second … it is clear that this divorce has been going on for a long time.

The Gates ‘eldest daughter Jennifer has also spoken publicly about the divorce, calling it a “tough time for our whole family” in her Instagram story after her parents’ announcement.

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Here’s what you need to know about the members of the Gates family.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, is the co-founder of Microsoft and the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Although he quit Microsoft completely last year, he continues to work with the foundation.  (Photographer: Takaaki Iwabu / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Bill Gates, is the co-founder of Microsoft and the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Although he quit Microsoft completely last year, he continues to work with the foundation. (Photographer: Takaaki Iwabu / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Bill co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with his friend Paul Allen, after leaving Harvard. The company launched its first IPO in 1986, which made Bill – who was 31 at the time – a millionaire almost overnight.

He served as CEO until 2000, but remained on the board until 2020, when he announced he would step down so he could focus on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill is also one of the richest people in the world. Forbes estimates it is worth $ 129.1 billion. It’s unclear at this point how the couple will settle their estate and how that will affect Bill’s net worth.

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Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates are pictured in 2018. The two married in 1994 and have three children.  Melinda worked at Microsoft from 1987 to 1996. (Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Robin Hood)

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates are pictured in 2018. The two married in 1994 and have three children. Melinda worked at Microsoft from 1987 to 1996. (Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Robin Hood)

Melinda was working as a product manager at Microsoft when she met Bill in 1987, Fox News reported.

She rose through the ranks in the company, moving to marketing and then becoming general manager of information products in the early 1990s.

She married Bill in 1994, two years before Melinda left Microsoft so that she and Bill could start a family. They then had three children.

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In 2000, Melinda co-founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has since grown into the world’s largest private charity, according to Forbes.

When they announced their divorce on Monday, the couple said they plan to continue working together at the foundation.

Jennifer gates

Bill Gates and his eldest daughter Jennifer Gates are pictured in 2018. Jennifer is a competitive rider.  (Photo by fotopress / Getty Images)

Bill Gates and his eldest daughter Jennifer Gates are pictured in 2018. Jennifer is a competitive rider. (Photo by fotopress / Getty Images)

The Gates’ eldest daughter, Jennifer, is a competitive rider. She graduated from Stanford University in 2018 and started medical school soon after.

Last January, she announced her engagement to Nayel Nassar, 28, from Chicago who competes in equestrian events for Egypt, her parents’ homeland.

Jennifer commented on what it was like growing up as the kid of a billionaire.

“I was born in a huge position of privilege,” Jennifer told Sidelines magazine last summer.

“And I think it’s about using those opportunities and learning from them to find things that I’m passionate about and hopefully make the world a little better,” she added.

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Rory gates

Rory is Bill and Melinda’s only son.

He graduated from high school in 2018 and enrolled at the University of Chicago, FOX Business reported. Despite the predominance of his family name, Rory Gates maintains a relatively private life.

Phoebe gates

Phoebe Adele Gates, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are pictured in 2017. Phoebe is the Gates' third and youngest child.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Phoebe Adele Gates, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are pictured in 2017. Phoebe is the Gates’ third and youngest child. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

The Gates’ third child, Phoebe also keeps a low profile, like her brother. FOX Business reported last year that she indicated on her private Instagram bio that she was a student at Lakeside School.

Julius Young of Fox News and Stephanie Pagones of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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Josh Duggar had pornography detection software on his computer that sent reports to his wife Anna: officials


Federal investigators said they discovered software on Josh Duggar’s computer that monitored internet usage and reported it to his wife, Anna.

The findings were detailed during the unsightly TLC hearing on Wednesday where Arkansas Judge Christy Comstock said Duggar had been released on bail and would not have to sit in a jail cell until ‘at his trial in his federal child pornography case.

During the four-hour hearing, Federal Agent Gerald Faulkner said a monitoring program that sent reports to Duggar’s wife about his activity was installed on the computer, but the footage and the videos had been downloaded after installing the software that allowed him to download them. without being watched.

Faulkner also said that several child pornography files were found on the computer and more than 200 images were found on the computer that was deleted.

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Former '19 Kids and Counting 'star Josh Dugger was arrested in Arkansas last week.

Former ’19 Kids and Counting ‘star Josh Dugger was arrested in Arkansas last week.
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He said the uploaded images were among the “five worst worst I’ve ever had to review.”

According to People, the program used is called Covenant Eyes. According to the software company’s website, the program is “liability software” that is “safe, secure and effective in helping members overcome pornography addiction.”

Judge Christy Comstock ordered Duggar, 33, to be confined to the home of family friends who agreed to be his guardian upon his release and barred Duggar from accessing any internet accessible device awaiting trial on July 6 for child pornography.

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Duggar was indicted Friday on federal child pornography charges, a day after U.S. Marshals arrested him. He pleaded not guilty.

“I have every confidence in the United States Marshal Service to find you if you decide not to comply with these release conditions, so don’t make me regret that decision,” Comstock said after a four-hour Zoom hearing.

“You won’t, your honor, thank you very much,” Duggar replied.

Josh is the oldest son of TLC stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

Josh is the oldest son of TLC stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
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The judge also spoke about Duggar’s technicality that she took into account in her decision.

“With regard to technology, I have explored surveillance software, but frankly, the sophistication of the evidence that I have heard here today concerns me that we do not have enough technology to ensure your compliance. At least we don’t have the nice right, ”the judge said. “Therefore, you must not have access to, use any Internet enabled device, including computers, tablets, iPads, smartphones, gaming systems, smart TVs for which you are specifically ordered not to request or obtain passwords. “

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If any of the conditions are not met, an additional prison sentence of up to 10 years may be imposed.

Duggar starred in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until he was taken off the network in 2015 following revelations that Duggar assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the hugs and apologized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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