Florida Gators Quarterback Jalen Kitna Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested Wednesday on two fees of distribution of kid exploitation materials and three fees of possession of kid pornography.

Jalen Kitna of the College of Florida throws a move in opposition to Jap Washington in a 2022 recreation.

Gainesville police mentioned the 19-year-old Kitna shared the photographs through a social media platform. Kitna was booked within the Alachua County Jail, the place he was awaiting a primary look earlier than a choose Thursday morning. It was not instantly identified if he had an lawyer who might touch upon his behalf.

The 5 arresting fees, which nonetheless should be formalized by the state lawyer’s workplace, are second-degree felonies that might lead to a jail time period of as much as 15 years and a nice of as much as $10,000.

Jalen Kitna, pictured in this photo provided by the Alachua (Fla.) County Jail, has been suspended indefinitely from Florida's football program.
Jalen Kitna, pictured on this picture supplied by the Alachua (Fla.) County Jail, has been suspended indefinitely from Florida’s soccer program.

The Gators suspended Kitna indefinitely about an hour after his arrest.

Gainesville police introduced the arrest in a information launch and mentioned the investigation was initiated when the division acquired a tip from the Nationwide Heart for Lacking and Exploited Children. The tip indicated {that a} Discord person distributed a picture of kid sexual abuse by its chat platform.

Additional investigation by a detective confirmed two photos had been shared through Kitna’s Discord account at his residence in Gainesville, police mentioned. A detective contacted Kitna at his residence and interviewed him. Kitna mentioned he remembered sharing the 2 photos and that his Discord account was later deactivated due to a violation of the phrases of service, police mentioned.

Kitna’s digital units had been seized as a part of a search warrant. Preliminary evaluation revealed three extra photos of kid sexual abuse, police mentioned.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the news involving Jalen Kitna,” the college’s athletic division, formally known as the College Athletic Affiliation, mentioned in an announcement. “These are extremely serious charges and the University of Florida and the UAA have zero tolerance for such behavior.

“Jalen has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.”

Jon Kitna performed 14 seasons within the NFL with Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit and Dallas. He began 124 video games and now could be a highschool coach in Burleson, Texas, simply south of Fort Value.