Jalen Kitna, UF backup quarterback, arrested on child pornography charges

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jalen James Kitna, 19, UF’s backup quarterback, was arrested this afternoon for two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography.

Gainesville Police Department (GPD) received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Discord user had distributed an image of child sexual abuse material through their platform.

Further investigation by GPD revealed that two images were shared via Discord from a Gainesville residence and that the probable Discord account holder was Jalen Kitna. A GPD detective contacted Kitna at his residence and interviewed him; Kitna reportedly said he remembered sharing the two images but believed them to be “legal” since he found them online. He reportedly said that he later realized he should not have shared the images, based on the reaction from other Discord users. He said that his Discord account was deactivated shortly after that, and he assumed someone had reported him to Discord. He later received an email from Discord, stating that his account was deactivated for violation of the terms of service.

Kitna’s electronic devices were seized as part of the search warrant, and preliminary analysis reportedly found additional images of child sexual abuse material.

All of the above information is from a GPD press release. Arrest reports are normally available from the Alachua County Jail, but this report is not being released to the media via the usual routes.

The Gainesville Police Department wants parents to be aware that children are solicited and exploited through social networking applications. These social networking applications, like Discord, Facebook, KiK, Snapchat, TikTok and Tagged are also used to share images and videos which depict young children being sexually abused. Please be vigilant and aware of any social networking platforms your children may access.


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