Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-148

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 18, 2014
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    Child Molestation Investigation

    School principal was arrested.
    • Thursday
    • April 17, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    James Jerome Larkin
    DOB:01/05/1951
    4612 S. Ferdinand Ave
    Tampa, Florida

    Employed: Tampa Day School, 12606 Henderson Road, Tampa Florida

    Charges:

    • Lewd or Lascivious Molestation on a Child 12 or Older

    Victim:

    • 14 year old male  (No further information will be released on the victim.)
       

    Details:

    Prior to March 07, 2014, James Larkin who is the victim's school principal, befriended the victim and his mother after the victim's father passed away.

    Over the course of time, Larkin became a surrogate dad and routinely took the victim to "Dad Club" meetings and other recreational activities.  On March 7, 2014, Larkin babysat the victim while the victim's mom was out of town for the weekend.

    At approximately 10:15 pm that evening, Larkin entered the victim's room and lay down beside him. Larkin then put his hands down the front of the victim's pants and began inappropriately touching him. The victim complained and Larkin stopped and left the room.

    During the investigation, a recorded call was made between Larkin and the victim. During that call, Larkin admitted to the allegations and that his actions were inappropriate. Larkin's was arrested late Thursday afternoon at his residence and booked into the Orient Road Jail.

    At this time, detectives are not aware of any other victim(s) or that James Larkin committed any inappropriate activity while at the school. Detectives have had full cooperation of the school's administration.

    The investigation continues.
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