Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation - WFLA News Channel 8

Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

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Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO.

Larkin, 63, was arrested Thursday at his home at 4612 Ferdinand Ave. South in Tampa for molestation on a 14-year-old, according to HCSO.

According to HCSO, one evening, when the boy's mother was out of town for the weekend, Larkin came into the boy's room, laid down next to him and put his hands down the boy's pants. He began touching the teen inappropriately, the boy complained and Larkin stopped. Larkin walked out of the room.

After the deputies launched the investigation, they recorded a phone call between Larkin and the teenager when Larkin admitted to touching the boy. Larkin said his actions were inappropriate during that call.

Tampa Day School fired Larkin Friday after the Sheriff's Office said he admitted to the charges.

"I could not be more shocked, none of us could be more shocked," said Lois Delaney, head of Tampa Day School.

Deputies received the school's full cooperation during that investigation. They said they were not aware of any other victims or inappropriate activity by this man. Larkin was released on a $7,500 bond Friday.

"At this time, it does appear that this was a very isolated incident that does not involve any other students," Delaney said. "As far as we know at this point, there were no inappropriate behaviors on this campus. We've been working very closely with the authorities and will continue to do that."

News Channel 8 has a call into Larkin's attorney but has not heard back.

James Larkin was the headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox Day School for 31 years before joining the Tampa Day staff, according to his biography webpage on the Tampa Day School website.

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