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Former Tampa headmaster and principal arrested for child sexual abuse

Former Tampa headmaster and principal arrested for child sexual abuse

A Tampa private school headmaster is accused of child sexual abuse for the second time in four months, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Allegations of child sex abuse against James Jerome Larkin, 63, now span 34 years and potentially two institutions.

Larkin was jailed earlier this month on a charge of capital sexual battery on a 10-year-old boy in 1980. It was the second charge in four months. A 14-year-old boy also told authorities that Larkin, his school principal, sexually molested him last March.

Larkin was headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox Day School in South Tampa from 1978-2009. He later became principal of Tampa Day School near Citrus Park, a job he lost upon his arrest earlier this year.

In the latest charge to be filed, the victim reported that he was at a sleepover at Larkin’s apartment in the Carrollwood area in 1980. Larkin climbed into the bed and sexually battered him, the victim told the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is unclear whether the victim was a student at St. John at the time.

It is especially difficult for victims of childhood sexual abuse to come forward after years of suffering in silence. I commend the brave survivors in this case for speaking out and empowering other victims to come forward.

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