Former Florida Gators quarterback Jalen Kitna now faces a lighter sentence after child pornography charges were dropped in court July 5.
The 20-year-old’s five felony charges were dropped and following a plea deal, Kitna will no longer have to register as a sex offender.
In return, the former quarterback will plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts of breach of peace, which is disorderly behavior amounting to a minor offense.
Kitna will also not serve any jail time. However, he will be on probation for one year, six months for each misdemeanor.
Ron Kozlowski, Kitna’s lawyer, said it was “unfortunate that it went down the way it did,” but hopes Kitna can put the case behind him.
In court Wednesday, Kitna apologized to family, friends and those who care about him.
“Their support through this whole ordeal has meant a lot to me,” he said.
Kitna was arrested Nov. 30 for exchanging child pornography through Discord. He was dismissed from the team days later.
Kitna is currently banned from campus until 2025, though his student enrollment status isn’t known.
UF was not able to provide any information to The Alligator in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, stating, “Any reports alleging Student Conduct Code violations received by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution are handled in accordance with UF Regulation 4.040.”
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