Ex-Tampa Day School Principal Arrested For Second Time on Child Sex Charges

August 27, 2014

by Adam Horowitz


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Our law firm represents an alleged victim of child sexual abuse by James Larkin, a long-time educator who worked as Principal in Tampa Day School and Headmaster at St. John’s Greek Orthodox School in Tampa, Florida.

Since April 2014, James Larkin has been facing felony sex charges in Hillsborough County for the alleged molestation of our client, who was his former student at Tampa Day School. (Hillsborough County Case No. 14-CF-005573-A).

Now James Larkin has been charged yet again with child sexual abuse.  In the newest charge filed on August 27, 2014, Larkin is charged with capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12 in 1980.  According to deputies, the victim was 10 years old and was abuse while he was sleeping at Larkin’s apartment.  The victim told police that during the sleepover, Larkin climbed into the bed and sexually assaulted and molested him.

Attorney Adam Horowitz, who represents the child victim in the first charge against Larkin, stated as follows: “My client is saddened to learn there is another victim, but is pleased to see that the justice system is working to holding Mr. Larkin accountable for his actions.”

In the first-filed case, our client’s mother was out of town for the weekend in March 2014, Larkin and his wife watched the alleged victim and his sister.  Larkin came into the boy’s room at night, laid down next to him and put his hands down the boy’s pants and fondled the boy’s genitals.  Larkin admitted his actions were “inappropriate” in a phone call between the student and principal that was recorded by the sheriff’s office.  Larkin was 63 years old at the time of the alleged incident.  In April, Larkin was terminated after his arrest by Tampa Day School, where he had served for five years.  Prior to serving as principal at Tampa Day School, Larkin resigned at headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox School where he worked for over 30 years.

In April 2014, Larkin was terminated as principal by Tampa Day School after his arrest. Prior to his five-year tenure as principal at Tampa Day School, Larkin resigned at headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox School where he worked for over 30 years.  According to its website, Tampa Day School is a “specialized school for students in grades K-8 with mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety, and ADHD.”  Larkin founded and led a “dad’s club” at Tampa Day School to develop social bonds between fathers and their sons enrolled in the school.  Larkin was also involved in the Boy Scouts and numerous youth groups during his time as an educator.  Larkin befriended the alleged victim and his mother over a period of months after the victim’s father passed away.  Over time, Larkin became a surrogate dad for the child and routinely took the alleged victim to “Dad Club” meetings and other recreational activities.

Schools should be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.  Unfortunately, far too many sexual predators infiltrate the schools because of the opportunity to be alone with minors in a position of supervision.  Even worse, there is rarely only one abuse victim.  Sexual predators are often repeated offenders, particularly when they are not initially caught or punished.

Reporting child sex abuse is never easy.  We commend these brave survivors for coming forward and reporting these horrific events.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by anyone in the school system, contact our law firm at 855-700-PATH or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected]. Farmer Jaffe Weissing handles sexual abuse cases nationwide.