West BloomfieldSeptember 25, 2013
WBHS teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct
By Cari DeLamielleure-Scott
C & G Staff Writer
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Steven Larkin, West Bloomfield High School teacher and girls varsity golf coach, approached the bench in 48th District Court with his attorney and voluntarily waived his rights to have a preliminary exam within 14 days of his arrest Sept. 17.
After a police investigation, Larkin was charged with three high misdemeanor counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth-degree Sept. 13. Each count is punishable by two years of jail and/or a $500 fine.
Michigan law states that a criminal defendant charged with a felony or higher-count misdemeanor has the right to a preliminary exam at a district court within 14 days of arrest, according to the court clerk.
Judge Diane D’Agostini ordered Larkin to remain on the $10,000 cash bond and to continue wearing a GPS tether until his set exam at the district court Oct. 1.
In addition, D’Agostini issued a no-contact order with the complainant.
Peter Menna, assistant prosecuting attorney for the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, agreed to the later exam date.
According to West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond, Larkin was allegedly involved in inappropriate touching of a now former 16-year-old West Bloomfield High School student. The actions allegedly took place during an after-school tutoring session in a classroom in late May.
Upon police obtaining the warrants for his arrest, Diamond said, Larkin turned himself in with his attorney, Raymond Correll. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.
Correll declined to comment after the preliminary exam.
Larkin has been with the West Bloomfield School District since September 2006; he teaches 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.
“Anytime that there is a concern or an issue with student safety of any kind, the West Bloomfield School District is highly concerned, and in this case, we cooperated fully with the investigating authorities the moment we found out about the allegation and will continue to do so throughout the process,” said Superintendent Gerald Hill.