Violin

Retired violin teacher pleads guilty to pedophilia charges


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A longtime violin professor at the University of Michigan pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across the states for sex in 2002, authorities said on Tuesday.

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

Shipps was indicted last year on fees alleging that he took a girl across state borders on several occasions between February and July 2002 with the intention of having sex with her.

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

Expeditions’ charge and the arrest in Ann Arbor came two years after the university put 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.

He retired in 2019 from the University of Michigan.

In addition to teaching at the University of Michigan School of Music, Drama and Dance from 1989 until his retirement in 2019, Shipps also led a preparatory program providing music education to children.

Shipps was an influential and much sought-after violin teacher, Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin said in a statement.

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

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