Former U of Michigan violin faculty member arrested on sexual-misconduct charges

Posted on: November 2, 2020

“A former University of Michigan professor could be facing up to 15 years in prison after being charged with two counts of transporting a minor girl across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual conduct,” writes Steve Marowski in MLive.com (Michigan). “Stephen Shipps, 67, was arrested Thursday morning in Ann Arbor…. Shipps was employed by the UM School of Music, Theatre and Dance as a violin professor. He retired in February 2019…. The indictment by U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider’s office alleges that in February, March, June and July of 2002, Shipps transported a girl under the age of 18 across state lines and intended to engage in sexual activity with her…. Shipps was placed on paid leave by UM in 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct against him were brought forward by former students he taught in the 1970s and 1980s in Nebraska and North Carolina…. Shipps appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit Thursday, but his arraignment was moved to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, so he would have time to discuss the matter with his attorney, John Shea. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond with a number of conditions, including surrendering his passport.”