Florida back-up quarterback Jalen Kitna was anticipated to be launched from jail on an $80,000 bond on Thursday, a day after he was arrested on 5 expenses involving baby abuse pictures.
Decide Meshon Rawls set the bond and as circumstances for Kitna’s launch ordered him to not have any unsupervised contact with minors and to not have any web entry.
Kitna sobbed into his fingers when his father, former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna and mom, Jennifer Kitna, addressed the court docket throughout a 75-minute look. Jalen Kitna was at Alachua County Jail and on a closed-circuit feed when Jon and Jennifer Kitna stepped to a podium within the courtroom and promised they might supervise their 19-year-old son at their dwelling in Texas.
“He’s bought an amazing household. He’s bought good household help. He’s going to be effectively taken care of,” certainly one of Kitna’s attorneys, Caleb Kenyon, mentioned exterior the courthouse.
The Gainesville Police Division launched Kitna’s arrest report on Thursday, offering particulars in regards to the complaints filed in opposition to the now-suspended soccer participant.
The investigation started in June with a tip from the Nationwide Heart for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters into pictures of kid abuse pictures being shared on the social media platform Discord. The investigation led authorities to Kitna.
Kitna shared two pictures of a lady, police mentioned within the report, including that the phrase “so younger junior” was written on each photos. Kitna advised a detective he thought they have been authorized as a result of he discovered them on-line. When police searched Kitna’s telephone, they discovered three extra pictures of ladies, in accordance with the report. These three pictures have been saved to his cellphone final December, police mentioned. The report didn’t estimate the ages of the women.
Kitna additionally advised police he had been in different messaging teams on no less than one different social media platform that distributed comparable materials, in accordance with the arrest report. Discord had beforehand deactivated Kitna’s account due to a violation of the phrases of service, police mentioned.
“Discord has a zero-tolerance coverage for baby sexual abuse, which doesn’t have a spot on our platform or anyplace in society,” a Discord spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “We work relentlessly to seek out and take away this abhorrent content material and take motion together with banning the customers accountable and fascinating with the correct authorities.”
Two of the 5 arresting expenses, which nonetheless should be formalized by the state legal professional’s workplace, are second-degree felonies that might lead to a jail time period of as much as 15 years and a positive of as much as $10,000. The opposite three are third-degree felonies.
Kitna can also be being represented by Gainesville legal professional Ron Kozlowski in addition to famous Jacksonville legal professional Hank Coxe, who has a historical past of taking up instances involving high-profile athletes.
Jalen Kitna appeared in 4 video games for the Gators this season. Jon Kitna performed 14 seasons within the NFL with Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit and Dallas. He began 124 video games and now could be a highschool coach in Texas.
The Gators suspended Kitna indefinitely about an hour after his arrest.