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Ass't Mens' Water Polo Coach arrested on child pornography charges.
Sorry to report this:
Assistant Men's Water Polo Coach Daniel Noble has been arrested on federal charges of distributing child pornography according to a story in the Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis water polo coach fired after arrest on child porn charges from FBI undercover probe
By Sam Stanton
Updated May 20, 2022 3:33 PM
The FBI has arrested an assistant UC Davis water polo coach on charges of distributing child pornography, federal court records say, and the university fired him Friday afternoon as he made his first court appearance.
Daniel Joseph Noble, who was hired at UC Davis in 2019, was arrested at his Davis home Thursday and appeared Friday afternoon in federal court in Sacramento, where U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes agreed to allow his release under strict conditions, including a $100,000 unsecured bond signed by his parents.
Noble, who is being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail until he is scheduled for release Monday morning, is required to live under house arrest with his parents in Southern California under GPS monitoring, cannot have access to the internet and must not be in areas where children may congregate.
“I can tell you, you have a lot to do to not be sitting across the street...” pending trial, Barnes told Noble, referring to the Main Jail where he spent Thursday night.
Barnes said he cannot possess a smart cell phone, can only leave the house for church, medical appointments or other approved appointments, and cannot have access to computers hooked to the internet.
“You’re cut off the internet,” she said.
Court documents say Noble was caught up in a federal undercover probe of online Kik groups this spring in in which agents found videos of minor girls engaged in graphic sexual activity.
A search warrant for a computer IP address led them to Noble’s home on Sycamore Lane, and agents trailed him to the UC Davis Aquatic Center, where he is “a water polo coach for UC Davis at the collegiate and youth levels,” court records say.
Agents searched his home Thursday, read him his Miranda rights and interviewed him, court records say, with Noble acknowledging that he sent images and videos “that depicted prepubescent minors and other minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”
“He admitted receiving sexual gratification from some of these visual depictions,” court records say, but denied “hand-on offenses against minors” and offered to take a polygraph.
UC Davis officials said Noble was placed on leave Thursday when they learned of the arrest, and said in a subsequent announcement that he had been fired.
“He has been ordered to stay away from campus,” the school said in a statement issued Friday morning. “If he returns to campus, he will be arrested.”
UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May called the charge “highly disturbing” and said the university “will cooperate fully with the FBI investigation.”
“As always, the safety of our students and the broader community remain my highest concern,” May said.
The school also announced its own investigation.
“After the initial review is received, UC Davis will determine if additional review is necessary and will coordinate any additional review with law enforcement,” the school’s statement said. “In determining the need for further reviews, we will be guided by the importance of determining whether there are victims within our community and ensuring we provide support to affected community members.”
“I am deeply concerned that individuals in our community may have been harmed,” May added. “If there are victims within our community, our highest priority will be to provide support for them.”
Noble’s contract at the university was set to expire on June 30 of this year. He could face up to 20 years if convicted, and is scheduled for his next hearing June 10.
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So it's Judge BARNES and Daniel NOBLE No way !
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