Rev. James L. Arimond

Summary of Case: A Milwaukee archdiocesan priest, Arimond was removed from parish ministry in January 1990 after he was accused of and criminally investigated for having sexually assaulted a 15- or 16-year-old boy in the summer of 1989. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months probation and 45 days in the House of Correction, in a work release program. He was allowed to work at the Chancery in an administrative role for years. In 1995 he received his counseling license and went on to work as a professional counselor. He was laicized in 1996. His counseling license was rescinded in 2003 after a newspaper in 2002 wrote of his sexual assault conviction. Arimond retired in 2003 and moved away from Wisconsin.

Ordained: 1965
Laicized: 1996


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1968 Immaculate Conception Burlington WI 3/3 Parish had an elementary school with 678-691 students, and a high school with 320-293 students.
1965 1968 St. Theresa's Powers Lake WI   This was a mission of Immaculate Conception in Burlington.
1968 1969 St. Gall's Milwaukee WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 182 students.


Cousins was succeeded by George Rembert Weakland, O.S.B.(1977-2002)

1979 St. Alphonsus Greendale WI 2/3, 2/4, 2/5

Parish had a school with 865-729 students.

Arimond earned a masters degree from the University.of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973.

1979 1982 Sacred Heart of Jesus Milwaukee WI 1/2 Parish had a school with 260-245 students.
1982 1983 Awaiting Assignment        
1983 1987 St. Bernadette's Milwaukee WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 342-241 students.
1987 1989 St. Frederick's


Arimond pleaded no contest in July 1990 to having sexually assaulted a 15- or 16- year-old boy in 1988. The boy disclosed the abuse to his parents when he was 18 years old, after they had moved away from the area.

WI 1/1  
1989 1992 Absent on Leave     Per news reports, Arimond worked at the Cousins Center in St. Francis for years after the 1990 sexual assault charge. Arimond was placed on administrative leave in January 1990 after the accusation surfaced that he had sexually assaulted a boy in Cudahy in the summer of 1989. He pleaded no contest in July 1990 and was sentenced to 18 months probation and 45 days in the House of Correction, in a work release program.
1992 1993 Awaiting Assignment       A phone number given for Arimond is 414-769-3496.
1993 1996 On Leave Milwaukee WI  

Arimond is not indexed in the Directories after 1996.

He received his license to practice counseling in the state of Wisconsin in 1995, and went on to work as a professional counselor in Racine.

Arimond was laicized in 1996.  


Weakland was replaced by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)

2004         An April 2002 news report about Arimond's 1990 conviction prompted the state Department of Regulation and Licensing to investigate, resulting in the rescinding of Arimond's counseling license in July 2003. He then retired and left the state.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-1997)

Priest Pleads No Contest in Sexual Assault of Boy Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1990
Former Priest Convicted of Sex Assault Working As Counselor, By Marie Rohde, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 17, 2002
Convicted Ex-Priest Has Left State, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 9, 2003
Archdiocese of Milwaukee list, July 9, 2004
List of 43 Abusive Priests Released, By Tom Heinen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin], July 10, 2004
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Assignment Record accessed February 11, 2021


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This assignment record was last updated on February 11, 2021.