Florida Gators quarterback Jalen Kitna arrested on child pornography charges

A 19-year-old University of Florida quarterback was arrested Wednesday on allegations of possession and distribution of child pornography, the Gainesville Police Department experiences. Jalen Kitna, the son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, has additionally been suspended from the Gators’ soccer program.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the news involving Jalen Kitna. 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,” the University of Florida Athletic Association stated in a press release.

In a news release, police stated they carried out a search warrant at Kitna’s residence after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. During the investigation, police discovered that there have been two photographs of child sexual abuse materials shared by means of the net messaging platform Discord from Kitna’s residence.

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Florida Gators quarterback Jalen Kitna throughout a sport towards the Eastern Washington Eagles on Oct. 2, 2022, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

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Kitna allegedly admitted to investigators that he shared the photographs, however that he thought it was “legal,” since they had been discovered on-line, police stated. After sharing the photographs, although, he informed police he realized he mustn’t have as a result of response from the Discord person they had been despatched to.

Kitna’s Discord account was later deactivated, he informed police, after he obtained an e-mail from the messaging platform saying he violated its phrases of service.

Investigators later found three extra photographs of child sexual abuse materials on digital units that had been seized from Kitna’s residence as a part of their search, police stated. Kitna was arrested on two counts of distribution of child exploitation materials and three counts of possession of child pornography.

Kitna committed to the Gators again in 2020. He redshirted final season, and has appeared in 4 video games this season. His father, Jon Kitna, performed 14 seasons within the NFL for a number of groups, retiring in 2013. 

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