Former University of Florida Quarterback Jalen Kitna accepted a plea deal Wednesday following his arrest in November on two counts of distributing child exploitative material and three counts of possession of child pornography.
Kitna pleaded no contest to two counts of disorderly conduct and dismissed all five felony counts of child pornography.
The charges were second degree misdemeanors.
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«I want to start by apologizing to my family, my friends and those who care about me,» Kitna said. «Your support throughout this ordeal has meant a lot to me. The hardest thing about this whole process has been seeing how it has affected you.
«The valuable lessons I’ve learned through this whole deal have been very helpful. I’m looking forward to applying those things and moving forward.»
Kitna received six months probation for each charge.
Kitna, the son of the former nfl quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested on November 30, 2022.
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The investigation began in June when police received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that images of child pornography were shared online via Discord, a social instant messaging platform.
The investigation led to Kitna, who recalled sharing two images but believed they were «legal» since she found them online.
The two images were of a pubescent girl, and both images had the phrase «so young junior» written on them.
a search for Kitna’s phone he found three additional photos of two naked pubescent girls in the shower, which had been saved to Kitna’s phone a year earlier.
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«What we have here today is a fair and correct result,» Kitna’s attorney, Ron Kozlowski, told the Orlando Sentinel after the verdict. «Obviously the state agrees, and we feel good about that. This will give Jalen a chance to move on to the next step, whatever it is.»
Kitma was fired from the florida football team days after the arrest.
Associated Press contributed to this report