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Florida Gators’ Jalen Kitna arrested by Gainesville Police Department

Jalen Kitna, 19, is a redshirt freshman quarterback of the Florida Gators, which represent the University of Florida in Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States. His father Jon Kitna, 50, was a National Football League player from 1996 to 2013.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA, Jon has been the head coach of the football team of Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas, USA since 2020. He and his wife Jennifer “Jeni” Kitna, 51, have four children together including Jalen.

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Jalen is 6’4″ tall and his registered weight is 200 pounds. In high school, he played his sophomore season at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona in 2018 and his junior season at Rick Reedy High School in Frisco, Texas in 2019.

A Burleson High School alumnus, Jalen committed to the Florida Gators in May 2020. He chose the University of Florida over offers from Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts, USA and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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The Gainesville Police Department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user had distributed an image of child sexual abuse material on social media platform Discord. An investigation revealed Jalen was the probable owner of the account.

When interviewed by Gainesville Police Department officers, Jalen said the images he shared were legal because he found them online. The officers found three more images of child sexual abuse material in his electronic devices.

On November 30, 2022, the Gainesville Police Department arrested Jalen and he was booked into the Alachua County Jail in Gainesville. After the arrest, he was suspended indefinitely from the University of Florida’s football program, according to the University Athletic Association.

On December 1, 2022, Jalen will appear in court. He was charged with two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography, all of which are second-degree felonies.

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