Stanford did receive $50,000 gift from Jeffrey Epstein

The donation was received four years before Epstein’s conviction in 2008.

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The donation, made by Epstein’s C.O.U.Q. Foundation, was for $50,000, and was received in 2004 — two years before Epstein was arrested and four years before he pleaded guilty to charges of solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in a Florida state court to charges of soliciting a prostitute and procuring an underage girl for prostitution. He was given a 13 month sentence in county jail. Details of the plea agreement were kept from his victims. During his jail stint, Epstein was granted work-release, spending 12 hours a day in his West Palm Beach office.

In another agreement, he was granted immunity from federal prosecution, and the FBI investigation that had uncovered dozen of victims and ties to prominent people was shut down.

In July, Epstein was arrested and eventually charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. He was in jail awaiting trial when he committed suicide in August.

“We found no other gifts from Mr. Epstein or the foundations before or since the 2004 donation,” Miranda said Saturday.

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E.J. Miranda, Stanford’s senior director for media relations, confirmed that the donation was received by the university’s physics department, included in the general fund and spent shortly after.

BuzzFeed had contacted the university earlier about donations received after 2006, and while Miranda says the university informed the news organization that it hadn’t received any during that time frame, it did tell BuzzFeed about the 2004 donation.

“That information was not cited in the BuzzFeed story,” Miranda said.

Stanford is not the only institution to reveal gifts from Epstein, who befriended a number of influential people in science, politics and finance. His charity donated millions to universities including Harvard and MIT. Some of the donations came before his conviction in 2008, but some were much more recent.

Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, resigned from his position earlier this month after it was revealed the lab had received $1.2 million from Epstein for outside investment funds that Ito controlled.

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