Former University of Michigan violin professor charged with transporting minor girl across state lines

ANN ARBOR, MI — 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.

a man wearing a suit and tie: UM Professor Stephen Shipps and Maureen O'Boyle

© UM staff photo and O’Boyle courtesy photo/
UM Professor Stephen Shipps and Maureen O’Boyle

Stephen Shipps, 67, was arrested Thursday morning in Ann Arbor, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. Shipps was employed by the UM School of Music, Theatre and Dance as a violin professor. He retired in February 2019, the release said.

The indictment by 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.

If convicted of both counts, Shipps faces a statutory maximum penalty of 15

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