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Former Florida Quarterback Jalen Kitna Accepts Plea Deal, Dropping Child Pornography Charges

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Former Florida quarterback Jalen Kitna, son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, reached an agreement on Wednesday to accept a plea deal, resulting in the dismissal of five felony child pornography charges that arose from his arrest in November of last year.

Instead, Kitna pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct, which are considered second-degree misdemeanors.

Under the ruling of Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Susan Miller-Jones, Kitna was placed on six months’ probation for each count. However, no fine was imposed, and he was not required to register as a sex offender, despite his age of 20.

In the presence of his mother and father, Kitna expressed remorse and read a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing.

“I would like to begin by offering my sincere apologies to my family, friends, and all those who care about me,” Kitna stated. “Their unwavering support throughout this entire ordeal has meant the world to me. The most difficult aspect of this process has been witnessing how it has affected them.

“The lessons I have learned from this experience have been invaluable. I am eager to apply these lessons and move forward.”

On November 30, 2022, Kitna was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department on charges of five felony child pornography offenses, including two counts of distributing child exploitation material and three counts of possessing child pornography.

According to the police report, Kitna had shared two images depicting the sexual abuse of young girls via a social media platform. Further investigation revealed three additional images on his phone, saved from a year earlier, showing two nude young girls in a shower. The report did not specify the ages of the girls involved.

Following his arrest, Kitna was promptly dismissed from the Gators football team. He returned to his family home in Burleson, Texas, after posting bail and completed online classes during the spring semester. The university imposed a ban on his presence on campus until November 2025.

Kitna’s attorney, Ron Kozlowski, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, describing it as fair and appropriate. He told the Orlando Sentinel, “The state and we are in agreement, and we are content with that. This will provide Jalen with an opportunity to take the next step in his life, whatever that may be.”


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about child pornography charges

What charges were dismissed for Jalen Kitna?

Jalen Kitna had five felony child pornography charges dismissed as part of the plea deal.

What charges did Jalen Kitna plead guilty to?

Jalen Kitna pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct, which are second-degree misdemeanors.

What were the consequences of the plea deal?

Under the plea deal, Jalen Kitna was placed on six months’ probation for each count. He was not fined and was not required to register as a sex offender.

What were the charges against Jalen Kitna related to?

Jalen Kitna was arrested on charges of child pornography, specifically two counts of distributing child exploitation material and three counts of possessing child pornography.

What actions led to Jalen Kitna’s arrest?

Jalen Kitna shared two images of young girls being sexually abused on a social media platform. Subsequently, three more images of two nude young girls in a shower were found on his phone, which had been saved a year earlier.

What were the consequences for Jalen Kitna’s football career?

Jalen Kitna was dismissed from the Florida Gators football team shortly after his arrest. He was banned from campus until November 2025 by the university.

What did Jalen Kitna express during the court proceedings?

During the court proceedings, Jalen Kitna expressed remorse and read a statement of contrition. He apologized to his family, friends, and those who care about him, acknowledging the impact of his actions on them.

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6 comments

FootballFan97 July 6, 2023 - 12:20 am

jalen kitna accepting a plea deal and dropin them child porn charges?!?!?!? wow, that’s sum major stuff. but i guess he pledd guilty to some other charge. probation ain’t too bad i guess, no fine or sex offender registraion. hope he learns his lesson tho!

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SportsTalker23 July 6, 2023 - 10:35 am

jalen kitna’s life took a dark turn, man. felony child porn charges are serious business. but he got a plea deal and pled guilty to disorderly conduct instead. wonder how this will affect his future in football. probation without a fine or sex offender registry, seems lenient. hope he makes better choices from now on.

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GatorNation4Lyfe July 6, 2023 - 10:51 am

smh, can’t believe jalen kitna was involved in such serious charges. but they dismissed the child porn ones?!? just disorderly conduct?? doesn’t seem right. probation is a slap on the wrist. the gators did the right thing by kickin him off the team. hope he gets the help he needs.

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GatorNation4Lyfe July 6, 2023 - 5:35 pm

smh, can’t believe jalen kitna was involved in such serious charges. but they dismissed the child porn ones?!? just disorderly conduct?? doesn’t seem right. probation is a slap on the wrist. the gators did the right thing by kickin him off the team. hope he gets the help he needs.

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SportsTalker23 July 6, 2023 - 11:15 pm

jalen kitna’s life took a dark turn, man. felony child porn charges are serious business. but he got a plea deal and pled guilty to disorderly conduct instead. wonder how this will affect his future in football. probation without a fine or sex offender registry, seems lenient. hope he makes better choices from now on.

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FootballFan97 July 7, 2023 - 1:18 pm

jalen kitna accepting a plea deal and dropin them child porn charges?!?!?!? wow, that’s sum major stuff. but i guess he pledd guilty to some other charge. probation ain’t too bad i guess, no fine or sex offender registraion. hope he learns his lesson tho!

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