Florida quarterback arrested on child pornography charges

Gainesville, FL - A backup quarterback for the University of Florida has been arrested on two charges of distribution of child exploitation material and three charges of possession of child pornography.

Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested by Gainesville police on Wednesday and booked in the Alachua County Jail, where he's awaiting a first appearance before a judge Thursday morning.

Police say the 19-year-old backup quarterback shared the images via Discord, a social media platform.

Gainesville police say the investigation began when the department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Discord user distributed an image of child sexual abuse.

Further investigation found two images were shared via Kitna’s Discord account from his Gainesville apartment.

A detective interviewed Kitna, who told authorities he remember sharing two images and that his Discord account was deactivated because of a violation of the terms of service.

During a search of Kitna’s electronic devices, preliminary analysis revealed three additional images of child sexual abuse.

The Gators suspended Kitna indefinitely following his arrest.

The five charges are second-degree felonies that could result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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