Convicted Ex-Priest Has Left State
Convicted Ex-Priest Has Left State, Counseling Job

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 9, 2003

A former Catholic priest who had been convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault of a teenage boy in 1990 has been ordered by the state to surrender the license that had enabled him to work as a counselor here.

James Arimond, who served in a number of Milwaukee parishes, had been a contract employee with Psychological & Counseling Service Inc. in Racine until a story about the assault and his professional work appeared in the Journal Sentinel on April 21, 2002. The story prompted the state Department of Regulation and Licensing to review Arimond's license, according to Jack Zwieg, a spokesman.

Arimond, 64, has retired and moved from the state, according to the state decision. Arimond waived his rights to a hearing and surrendered his license.

The ex-priest was first granted a license by the board in 1995, although the conviction would have been grounds to deny accreditation or discipline the holder of a counselor's license, the state decision found.

Applicants for state licenses are required to report any convictions. While Arimond said that he had, he did not have a copy of the original application, and the state destroys such records after five years.

The charges against Arimond involved a youth who was 15 or 16 when the assault took place. Arimond pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months' probation and 45 days in the House of Correction.


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