Jalen Kitna, a quarterback from Florida, has been arrested on child pornography charges
Jalen Kitna, a backup quarterback for the University of Florida, was arrested on two counts of distributing child exploitation material and three counts of possessing child pornography on Wednesday.
Kitna, the 19-year-old son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested and booked into the Alachua County prison around 3:20 p.m. ET by the Gainesville Police Department. According to the GPD, he is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning to face the allegations against him.
He has been banned from the football team indefinitely.
"We are surprised and saddened to learn about Jalen Kitna's death," said the University of Florida Athletic Association in a statement. "These are incredibly severe accusations, and the University of Florida and the University of Alaska at Anchorage have zero tolerance for such behavior."
According to a news release from the Gainesville Authorities Department, police got a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user on the social media platform Discord had spread a picture of child sexual assault material.
According to police, an investigation determined Kitna was the likely owner of the Discord account.
According to the Gainesville Police Department, Kitna was interrogated and informed authorities that the photographs he posted were "legal" since he discovered them online. Kitna's electronic devices were checked, and three additional photographs of child sexual abuse material were discovered, according to police.
Kitna, a redshirt freshman, played in four games this season, completing 10 of 14 passes for 181 yards and one score.