Retired University of Michigan music professor, 67, is arrested for transporting girl under 18 across state lines to have sex with him in 2002
- Stephen Shipps, 67, was arrested in Ann Arbor on Thursday over the alleged incident in 2002
- He allegedly transported the girl over state lines four times in a year
- The music teacher resigned from his role in 2019 after taking a leave of absence pending an investigation into other claims
- Other women said he had sex with them when they were students in the 70s
- He posted bond and will be back in court in November
Stephen Shipps was arrested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Thursday
A retired University of Michigan music professor aged 67 has been arrested for transporting’ a girl under the age of 18 across state lines to have sex with her in 2002.
Stephen Shipps was arrested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Thursday.
According to the indictment, he is accused of transporting the child four times in 2002 across state lines for the purposes of having sex.
It’s unclear which state he brought her from. It is also not the first allegation against him.
He retired from his role at the university in 2019 after allegations surfaced that he’d sexually abused other underage girls in the 70s and 80s when he taught in Nebraska.
Among those women was Maureen O’Boyle who previously told Michigan Live that Shipps invited her to a party in 1978.
They smoked marijuana together and drank alcohol then had sex on the couch where he would teach her violin during their lessons, she said.
After the incident, she said she never knew if she was going to his home for lessons or to have sex.
‘It was just sort of a disaster … I felt terrible about the whole thing. He was married at the time,’ she said.
Shipps posted a $10,000 bond and was released. He is next due in court on November.
In a statement, United States Attorney Matthew Schneider said: ‘For over 20 years, Stephen Shipps had close interactions with many young girls who were gifted musicians.
‘Shipps met with these young girls both inside and outside of the State of Michigan.
‘Our determination and commitment to seeking justice for victims has no time limit.’
According to the indictment, he is accused of transporting the child four times in 2002 across state lines for the purposes of having sex. He is photographed with different students
Shipps is still teaching despite retiring from the University. He is shown with some students