Tampa Day School principal charged in sexual assualt case

A suspect in a Hillsborough County molestation case was charged Wednesday in another case dating to 1980.
 
James Jerome Larkin, 63, is accused of sexually battering a boy almost 35 years ago, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Deputies said the alleged victim came forward after Larkin was arrested in the spring on charges of molesting a 14-year-old student he met while principal of the Tampa Day School. In that case, Larkin is accused of inappropriately touching the teen, to whom he’d become a surrogate father.
 
"We went and interviewed other witnesses, other people in the timeframe," said Larry McKinnon, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman. "There were some other evidence that we were able to establish, enough so that we took that information, gave it to the [State Attorney's Office]. They were satisfied with that amount of evidence and then submitted it to the courts for a warrant."
 
In the latest case, Larkin is accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old who was staying at his apartment in the Carrollwood area, deputies said. The alleged victim told detectives the encounter occurred on an unknown date in 1980.
 
Larkin was taken into custody Wednesday at his home on South Ferdinand Avenue in Tampa.
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