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Jalen Kitna is released from jail on $80,000 bond one day after arrest on child porn charges

Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna was released from jail on $80,000 bond on Thursday, a day after he was arrested on 5 child pornography charges that police mentioned included photos of a person having intercourse with a younger lady.

Judge Meshon Rawls set the bond and as situations for Kitna’s launch ordered him to not have any unsupervised contact with minors and to not have any web entry.

Kitna sobbed into his palms when his dad and mom, together with former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, addressed the courtroom throughout a 75-minute look. Jalen Kitna was on the Alachua County Jail and on a closed-circuit feed when Jon and Jennifer Kitna stepped to a podium within the courtroom and promised they might supervise their 19-year-old son again residence in Burleson, Texas.

Jon Kitna tapped his toes repeatedly and held palms with Jennifer all through their son’s first courtroom look. Jalen Kitna donned a inexperienced smock – totally different from the striped pants and tops different inmates put on – sometimes given to these being stored below shut watch due to issues about their welfare. His reserving picture confirmed him in regular jailhouse attire.

‘He’s obtained an incredible household. He’s obtained good household help. He’s going to be nicely taken care of,’ one of Kitna’s attorneys, Caleb Kenyon, mentioned exterior the courthouse.

University of Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, 19, appeared in courtroom at Alachua County Jail on Thursday, a day after he was arrested on child pornography charges. He was finally released after his courtroom look on a $80,000 bond

A judge ordered Kitna not to have any unsupervised contact with minors and to not have any access to the internet. The collegiate athlete has also been suspended indefinitely by Florida's football program following his arrest

A decide ordered Kitna to not have any unsupervised contact with minors and to not have any entry to the web. The collegiate athlete has additionally been suspended indefinitely by Florida’s soccer program following his arrest 

The Gainesville Police Department released Kitna’s arrest report Thursday, offering graphic particulars in regards to the complaints filed in opposition to the now-suspended soccer participant.

The investigation started in June with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children into photos of child pornography being shared on the social media platform Discord. The investigation led authorities to Kitna.

Kitna shared two photos of a pubescent lady, police mentioned within the report, including that the phrase ‘so younger junior’ was written on each photos. Kitna informed a detective he thought they had been authorized as a result of he discovered them on-line.

When police searched Kitna’s cellphone, they discovered three extra photos of two nude pubescent ladies within the bathe, in keeping with the report. Those three photos had been saved to his cellphone final December, police mentioned. The report didn’t estimate the ages of the women.

Kenyon, the legal professional, argued that Kitna ought to be released with no financial bond and advised that these three photos may very well be thought-about child erotica as a substitute of child porn.

Kitna played in four games this season for the Florida Gators, completing 10 of 14 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown

Kitna performed in 4 video games this season for the Florida Gators, finishing 10 of 14 passes for 181 yards and a landing

Kitna additionally informed police he had been in different messaging teams on at the least one different social media platform that distributed related materials, in keeping with the arrest report.

Discord had beforehand deactivated Kitna’s account due to a violation of the phrases of service, police mentioned.

‘Discord has a zero-tolerance coverage for child sexual abuse, which doesn’t have a spot on our platform or wherever in society,’ a Discord spokesperson mentioned in a press release. ‘We work relentlessly to seek out and take away this abhorrent content material and take motion together with banning the customers accountable and interesting with the right authorities.’

Two of the 5 arresting charges, which nonetheless should be formalized by the state legal professional’s office, are second-degree felonies that would lead to a jail time period of as much as 15 years and a advantageous of as much as $10,000. The different three are third-degree felonies.

Jalen Kitna is the son of ex-Seahawks, Bengals, Lions and Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna. Pictured: John Kitna looking on from the sideline during a Steelers-Bengals game in 2003

Jalen Kitna is the son of ex-Seahawks, Bengals, Lions and Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna. Pictured: John Kitna trying on from the sideline throughout a Steelers-Bengals recreation in 2003

Kitna additionally is being represented by Gainesville legal professional Ron Kozlowski in addition to famous Jacksonville legal professional Hank Coxe, who has a historical past of taking on circumstances involving high-profile athletes.

The University of Florida Athletic Association mentioned they had been ‘shocked and saddened’ by the information. 

‘These are extraordinarily severe charges and the University of Florida and the UAA have zero tolerance for such habits.’

Florida has suspended Kitna indefinitely from its soccer program. The 19-year-old appeared in 4 video games as a redshirt freshman for the Gators this season, finishing 10 of his 14 passes for 181 yards and a landing.

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

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