Nun Appears in Court

Fox 28 [Milwaukee WI]
January 9, 2007

A 78-year-old nun from Illinois who has been charged with indecent behavior with a child made her initial court appearance Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner Cedric Cornwall set a personal recognizance bond of ten-thousand dollars for Norma Giannini.

Giannini is accused of sexually abusing two boys at a Catholic grade school in Milwaukee in the 1960s where she taught and was principal.

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Sister Betty Smith, regional president for the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago, has said the nun received counseling at a St. Louis facility after the order learned of the situation during the 1990s.

Smith has said that the nun has been closely monitored and separated from minors since then.


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