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Gators backup quarterback dismissed from team after arrest on child porn charges

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This photo provided by the Alachua (Fla.) County Jail show Jalen Kitna. Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 and charged with two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography. (Alachua County Jail via AP)

(GAINESVILLE, FL) – The University of Florida has apparently dismissed backup quarterback Jalen Kitna after his arrest on child pornography charges.

According to the teams official website, Kitna’s profile page was removed and his name was no longer listed on the team’s 2022 roster Friday which was one day after he was released from jail on an $80,000 bond.

The 19-year-old was arrested two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child pornography.

Gainesville police said they received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone using the Discord instant messaging platform had shared two images of pornographic material involving a child from Kitna’s account.

When interviewed by detectives, Kitna admitted to sharing the two images but believed them to be “legal” since he found them online, police said. Kitna told investigators he received an email from Discord that his account had been deactivated for a violation of the terms of service.

Investigators said when they obtained a warrant to search his electronic devices, they found three more images of pornographic material involving a child.

The Gators initially suspended Kitna after his arrest, but it seems as he has been dismissed completely.

Kitna was No. 2 on the depth chart behind Anthony Richardson, who could declare for the NFL Draft. He is the son of former longtime NFL quarterback Jon Kitna.