Teacher heads to trial on sex assault charges
Published October 2, 2013
West Bloomfield High School teacher and coach Steven Larkin, 30, faced his accuser Oct. 1 at his preliminary exam in 48th District Court.
Larkin had been charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct of the fourth-degree Sept. 13 for allegedly engaging in inappropriate touching of the now former West Bloomfield High School student. After hearing the testimony of the accuser, prosecuting attorney Peter Menna motioned to add an additional criminal sexual conduct charge based on the four areas of the body the touching allegedly occurred.
Despite the objection of defense attorney Raymond Correll, Judge Diane D’Agostini granted the motion.
At the time of the alleged incident in May, the student was 16 years old. She was the only witness to testify during the exam.
In her testimony, she said that she went to Larkin’s classroom to get an assignment and review an upcoming test, but noticed that there was paper covering the windows looking into the room.
Larkin showed her the exam for an upcoming unit test and told her not to tell anyone it was the same test, she said.
While reviewing the material, the girl said, it “slowly progressed into something.”
“We were going over the questions and going through the correct answers … and his hands started getting shaky and his voice started changing. He kept looking out the window … and then turning back, and every time he turned back his face would get closer to mine. I thought he was getting sick or something,” she said.
The student said she turned her head to look at him, feeling uncomfortable, and that was when Larkin began kissing her.
Larkin then unzipped the top of her dress approximately eight inches and took her hand and placed it between his legs before saying “I’m sorry, this can’t happen,” she said.
Startled, the girl turned away and stared at the test in silence for a few seconds, she said.
The student testified that Larkin got up, closed the blinds and went to the other side of the room and told her to come to him. Because he had already apologized, she said that she didn’t think anything else was going to happen.
Larkin placed his hands on her shoulders and placed her up against the counter and cabinets, she said.
“I was thinking ‘Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh,’” she said, when Larkin allegedly began kissing and touching her again.
After Larkin moved his hand from the back of the girl’s body to the “front,” the student said she pulled away, and Larkin again apologized and told her not to tell anyone because he recently got engaged and could lose his job.
The girl agreed because she was afraid of what else would happen, but sought the advice of two friends before informing her parents about the incident, she said.
The student also testified that Larkin had “really gently but subtly” touched her leg on two or three previous occasions while reviewing material; however, she didn’t think anything of it at the time.
Correll was unavailable for further comment.
Larkin will appear in Oakland County Circuit Court Oct. 14.
Larkin has been with the West Bloomfield School District since September 2006 and taught history and social studies. He is also a former junior varsity football coach and former girls varsity basketball coach with the district.
In a letter sent to West Bloomfield parents, the school district stated that Larkin was placed on an administrative leave of absence May 31.
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