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Former principal charged with sexually battering a child in 1980


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 05:40 AM

— A former school principal who earlier this year was charged with molestation of a child was charged on Wednesday with sexual battery on a child in a case from 1980, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

James Larkin, 63, of Tampa, was charged with capital sexual battery on a child under 12.

After Larkin was charged in April with lewd molestation of a child 12 or older, a man came forward and told investigators Larkin had molested him when he was a child, the sheriff’s office said.

Larkin was principal at Tampa Day School but was fired after he was arrested in April. Before he joined Tampa Day School, he was headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox Day School in Hyde Park for more than 30 years.

In the new case, a man told investigators he was 10 in 1980 when he attended a sleep over at Larkin’s Carrollwood apartment. During the night, the boy told investigators, Larkin climbed into bed with the boy and sexually assaulted and molested him.

In the case that resulted in the April arrest, Larkin, was watching a teenage boy while the teen’s mother was out of the town for the weekend, the sheriff’s office said at the time. The teenager said Larkin entered his bedroom and touched him inappropriately before stopping when the teen complained.

The father of two, Larkin also taught fourth grade at Carrollwood Elementary School and was past vice president of the Florida Kindergarten Council, former board member of the Florida Council of Independent Schools and past president of the Bay Area Council of Independent Schools.

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