Florida quarterback Jalen Kitna has been arrested for child pornography, according to multiple reports.
Kitna, the son of former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff records. CBS 4 in Gainesville reports that a police spokesman said Kitna had been arraigned on child pornography charges.
Kitna faces three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distributing child exploitation material, according to TMZ. He was suspended from the football team.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Jalen Kitna,” the school said in a statement to multiple outlets. “These are extremely serious allegations and the University of Florida and the UAA have no tolerance for such behavior. Jalen has been suspended from the football program indefinitely.”
According to CBS 4, the Gainesville Police Department said it received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Discord user shared a child sexual abuse photo. Further investigation revealed that it was Kitna’s Discord account that shared the photo. A second photo was also discovered.
Kitna reportedly told police he shared the photos but felt it was “legal” because he found them online. A subsequent search of his devices found three more images of child abuse.
Kitna is a redshirt freshman who appeared in four games for the Gators this season. In 2022, he completed 10 of his 14 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. According to the ranking of 247, he was a three-star recruit from Burleson, Texas in the class of 2021.
He was considered a candidate to start for Florida in their bowl game if starting quarterback Anthony Richardson sits out.
Jon Kitna played for the Seahawks, Bengals, Lions and Cowboys during his 14-year NFL career.