Ex-music professor at UM is expected to plead guilty to sexual offenses

ANN ARBOR – A former University of Michigan violin professor is found guilty of prosecution, according to federal court records, for transporting an underage woman across state lines for sex.

Mlive.com reports that Stephen Shipps will plead guilty to two counts of “coercion to lure an underage woman” next month, according to an Oct. 12 file.

Shipps, who joined the university in 1989 as a violin teacher, was charged in 2020 and allegedly transported a girl under the age of 18 across state lines several times between February and July 2002 with the intention of having sex with her.

According to the indictment, the girl was born in 1985.

The Ann Arbor prosecution and arrest came two years after Shipps, now in his late 60s, was put on paid leave by the university after former students made allegations of sexual misconduct while serving them in Nebraska and North in the 1970s and 1980s taught Carolina. He retired the next year.

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