Freshman quarterback Jalen Kitna of the University of Florida Gators was booked into a county jail Wednesday on ten felony complaints involving child pornography.
Local media reports sheriff and court records show authorities arrested Kitna and booked him into the Alachua County Jail on second-degree felony complaints, which accuse the college football player of possession with the intent to promote child pornography.
Florida law says evidence of possession with intent to promote includes having three or more copies of a video, photograph, or other representation.
University of Florida officials released the following statement after Kitna’s arrest.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the news involving Jalen Kitna,” the statement read, according to Sports Illustrated. “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 statement added.
Gainesville Police Department told a local CBS affiliate that a search warrant with the Internet Crimes Against Children was served at 2308 SW 38th Drive #6 after receiving a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Discord user distributed an image of child sexual abuse material.
Authorities said Kitna was arrested for two counts of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography.
Kitna, a three-star recruit who was listed as 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, is the son of NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, who played for the Bengals, Lions, Seahawks, and Cowboys during his career.
Before authorities arrested Kitna, the college athlete played four games this season as a redshirt sophomore. He completed 10 of his 14 passes for 181 yards and scored a touchdown against Eastern Washington in his debut game.
Kitna was a member of the University’s 2021 recruiting class.