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Ohio State donating amount of Epstein contributions to human trafficking initiative

Ohio State is contributing $336,000 to the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Initiative.
Pedestrians pass through The Ohio State University's student union, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University says a review of contributions from Jeffrey Epstein to the school has been completed.

The review, conducted by national accounting firm EY, found $336,000 in donations and pledges from Epstein and the J. Epstein Foundation to the university.

The university said the donations were made to the Wexner Center for the Arts at least two decades ago.

In light of Epstein's crimes, the university said retaining the gifts would not be consistent with the university's values.

Therefore, Ohio State is contributing $336,000 to the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Initiative.

The university said they had identified discretionary funds and will not use restricted donor funds, tuition or tax dollars for their contribution.

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Attorney General Dave Yost issued the following statement:

"I am grateful for Ohio State’s contribution toward my office’s Human Trafficking Initiative, as the fight against human trafficking is multifaceted and everyone has a role to play. Through our initiative, we are working to eradicate labor and sex trafficking by building awareness, empowering Ohioans to act in their communities, strengthening victims services, and ensuring that traffickers and johns are brought to justice. As part of those efforts, we are forming partnerships to help fund the initiative, execute its mission and spread our message: ‘Don’t buy sex in Ohio."