Violinist Stephen Shipps Receives 5 12 months Jail Sentence


At the moment, Thursday, April 14, former violin pedagogue Stephen Shipps was sentenced in Detroit, Michigan by U.S. District Decide Denise Web page Hood.

In keeping with sources current on the courthouse, Shipps will obtain 5 years of jail time. He has additionally agreed to pay $120,000 restitution and spend three years on supervised launch, as reported by the Detroit Information. The sentencing is wanting the 68-months prosecutors had requested for.


The Theodore Levin United States Courthouse is the place the sentencing was held


Shipps, now 69, was indicted in 2020 on two costs. He pled responsible to one among them in November 2021, which entailed transporting a woman below the age of 18 throughout state strains to have interaction in sexual exercise in 2002.

The indictment and arrest got here two years after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have been leveled at him by numerous previous college students.

Shipps previously taught on the College of North Carolina College of the Arts (UNCSA) from 1980, till the College of Michigan employed him in 1989. He served on the College of Michigan, and was College Director of the College’s Strings Preparatory Academy pre-college program, till his retirement in 2019.

He additionally held positions at Indiana College, the College of Nebraska–Omaha, and the Banff Centre in Canada.

Among the first accusations in opposition to Shipps have been revealed within the Michigan Day by day campus newspaper in December 2018 —which included stories by quite a few feminine college students of unwelcome touching, sexual assault, and sustaining extended sexual relations with teenage college students.


Stephen Shipps on the courthouse, with witness Stephanie Silverman to the appropriate (Picture credit score: Lara St John)


Shipps can be named as a defendant in a lawsuit in opposition to UNCSA, alleging he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old lady whereas serving as a violin professor. As reported by the Winston-Salem Journal, Shipps’ repute was identified and he was allowed to quietly resign.

The lawsuit revealed that UNCSA officers offered suggestions that helped Shipps get the job on the College of Michigan.

Former UNCSA pupil and survivor of Shipps’ misconduct,  Lisamarie Vana, was current on the sentencing at present. Her sister Therese Vana, buddy and fellow UNCSA classmate Stephanie Silverman, reporter Sammy Sussman, and violinist Lara St John have been additionally current.

“I’m glad there may be jail time, although it’s not sufficient,” mentioned violinist Lara St John, who can be a survivor of vile sexual misconduct while a conservatory pupil on the Curtis Institute of Music within the Nineteen Eighties.


From L to R: Therese Vana, Stephanie Silverman, Lisamarie Vana, Sammy Sussman, and Lara St John outdoors the courthouse on April 14, 2022




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