James Jerome Larkin, the former middle school principal of Tampa Day School, was recently arrested for lewd or lascivious molestation of our 14-year old client, a student at the school at the time of the alleged abuse.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, after the deputies launched the investigation, they recorded a phone call between Larkin and the teenager when Larkin admitted to fondling the boy. Larkin said his actions were inappropriate during that call. According to the arrest report, Larkin befriended the student and acted as a surrogate father after the boy’s father died.
Tampa Day School is a private school which specializes in teaching children with mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Larkin began working at Tampa Day School in 2009. Prior to working at Tampa Day School, James Larkin was the headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox Day School in Tampa for 31 years.
It is often said that child sexual abuse is a crime of power and control. This case illustrates that concept, as it involves two of the most commonly-seen facts present in many child sexual abuse cases — (1) an adult in a position of authority who gains the family’s trust through his status and role in the community; and (2) a vulnerable child (who in this case was attending a school for children with disabilities and had no father figure in his life). Thanks to the brave victim who came forward, Larkin can be brought to justice.
Our sympathies go out to the alleged victim in this case and anyone else who might have been subjected to abuse where James Larkin worked as principal. or headmaster It is our hope that they seek the help they need to begin the healing process.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling abuse cases in both private and public schools. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse while attending a school, contact our law firm at 1-855-700-PATH or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected]. Our law office handles sexual abuse cases in schools nationwide.