Nun Released from Jail after Serving Time for Sexual Assault

April 23, 2009

MILWAUKEE -- A nun who served one year in jail on a sexual assault conviction has been released.

Sister Norma Giannini

Sister Norma Giannini was let out at 3 a.m. Thursday.

She is now on probation for nine years.

Giannini's victims told authorities they had dozens of sexual encounters with the nun while attending St. Patrick's School in Milwaukee during the 1960s.

Before being sentenced to jail, Giannini lived with the order Sisters of Mercy of the Chicago Regional Community in a Chicago suburb.

Giannini has admitted to a church panel that she also molested a Chicago boy and at least three other minors.

Giannini will have to register as a sex offender until 2033.

A judge ruled she'll be allowed to serve her probation out of state. She's currently living here in Wisconsin until she finds a finds a new place to live in Illinois.

The Sisters of Mercy's spokeswoman, Sheila King, released a statement on Thursday.

"While we recognize that it is impossible to undo the tragic consequences of these transgressions, we hope that this last year has provided some resolution for everyone affected."


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