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Tampa, Florida — A principal at Tampa Day School in Carrollwood, trusted with the lives of of children, is accused by Hillsborough county deputies of befriending one and molesting him.

The 14-year-old student's father had just passed away.

That's when deputies say 63-year-old James Larkin, who is a principal at the private school, became a surrogate father, taking him to "dad club" meetings and other outings.

They say on the night of March 7, while Larkin was babysitting the boy and his siblings, Larkin went into the teen's room, laid down in his bed, and inappropriately touched the boy.

The boy complained and deputies say Larkin left the room.

On Thursday investigators recorded a call between Larkin and the victim.

That's when they say Larkin admitted to the allegations that he acted inappropriately.

10 News went to Larkin's home for comment, but no one answered.

This isn't Larkin's first job that entrusted him with children. According to his bio on the Tampa Day School website, he spent 31 years as headmaster of St. John's Greek Orthodox Day School in Tampa.

Deputies say they don't think any molestation occurred at the school, but their investigation is ongoing.

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