A bench warrant has been issued for a 79-year-old nun charged with inappropriate behavior after she failed to appear at a hearing.

Norma Giannini is charged with two counts of indecent behavior with a child stemming from incidents involving boys at a school where she had been principal.

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Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Paul Tiffin said Monday the warrant was issued after Giannini failed to appear at a hearing Friday.

She was charged last December and accused of having repeated sexual contact during the 1960s with some students who attended St. Patrick's School in Milwaukee.

Sheila King, with the Chicago region of the Sisters of Mercy, said Giannini hadn't realized she was required to attend the hearing last week.