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FLORIDA – A Florida middle school principal is accused of molesting a student.

Authorities in Tampa say 63-year-old Jim Larkin befriended a 14-year-old boy and acted as a surrogate father. 

While baby sitting the boy, Larkin allegedly inappropriately touched him.

Authorities say Larkin has admitted to the lewd and lascivious molestation charges against him.

He was arrested Thursday evening, then fired.

I cant even begin to describe the feelings that have been through this, but most of our.. so saddened by the whole situation. It affects so many lives at this point. And were absolutely still in shock I believe.

Larkin has no previous criminal history and received good reviews throughout his education career.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. 

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