Nun Accused of Sexual Assault to Stand Trial
Sister Norma Giannini, 78, Could Face 20 Years in Prison

January 10, 2007

Milwaukee -- A nun accused of sexually abusing two boys at a Milwaukee school in the 1960s was ordered to stand trial Tuesday.

Forty years after the alleged abuse, Sister Norma Giannini, 78, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent behavior with a child.

Her two alleged victims said she took sexual advantage of them when they were only 12 and 13 years old at St. Patrick's Church and School on Milwaukee's south side.

In her initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon, Giannini waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

The statute of limitations on the charges would've expired long ago, but Giannini was moved by the Sisters of Mercy to Illinois in the late 1960s. That meant she could still be charged.

Giannini was booked and released on a $10,000 bond to await trial.

If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison.

Giannini was the focus of a 12 News Investigation -- in which 12 News confronted her in Chicago last month. When 12 News reporter Nick Bohr spoke with her, she denied her identity.


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