Retired U Of M violin teacher pleads guilty to child sex charges – CBS Detroit

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. (AP) – A longtime University of Michigan violin professor pleaded guilty to transporting an underage girl across state lines for sex in 2002, authorities said Tuesday.

Stephen Shipps, 68, faces up to 15 years in prison when convicted, the US Attorney’s Office in Detroit said.

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Stephen Shipps | Credit: University of Michigan

Shipps was charged last year with taking a girl across state lines multiple times between February and July 2002 with the intention of having sex with her.

The girl was born in 1985, according to court documents.

Shipps’s indictment and arrest in Ann Arbor came two years after the university placed him on paid leave after former students accused him of sexual misconduct while teaching them in the 1970s and 1980s in Nebraska and North Carolina.

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He retired in 2019 from the University of Michigan.

In addition to teaching at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Drama and Dance from 1989 until his retirement in 2019, Shipps also ran a preparatory program that provided music education for children.

Shipps was an influential and highly sought-after violin teacher, acting U.S. attorney Saima Mohsin said in a statement.

“Reputable music professors at prestigious universities with competitive music programs like the University of Michigan enjoy enormous influence within the music community,” Mohsin said. “These professors often have the ability to make or break careers.”

Shipps also served on the faculties of Indiana University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Banff Center in Canada, federal authorities said.

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