TAMPA -- A Tampa principal is facing charges that he inappropriately touched a student.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, 63-year-old Jim Larkin admitted to the lewd and lascivious molestation charges. The middle school principal at Tampa Day School, Larkin was arrested Thursday.
Larkin befriended the 14-year-old boy and acted as a surrogate father, sometimes babysitting the boy and his siblings while his mother was out of town, according to the police report.
On March 7 while babysitting, Larkin entered the boy's room and began to rub his leg and touch him inappropriately, according to the police report. The student asked Larkin to stop and Larkin left the room, according to the police report.
Larkin has been charged with charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on a child 12 or older. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Larkin was released from jail Thursday on $7,500 bail.
The sheriff's office recorded a phone call between the student and the principal in which Larkin admitted his actions were "inappropriate."
Before becoming principal at Tampa Day School, Larkin was headmaster at St. John's Greek Orthodox School in Tampa for 31 years.
Larkin has no previous criminal history and had received good reviews from faculty, parents and students during his education career.
An investigation is ongoing.