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Former UC Davis Assistant Water Polo Coach Indicted

Former UC Davis assistant water polo coach being indicted on child pornography charges.

Daniel Joseph Noble, 26, is charged with the distribution of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and according to court documents, Noble also joined a chat on the messenger app Kik where users exchanged videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of children. Noble was on the coaching staff for UC Davis men’s water polo as well as associated youth teams at the time of his alleged involvement in the group chats. 

Noble was arrested on May 19 and made his first court appearance the next day. Following his arrest, Noble was fired by the university on May 20, and UC Davis school officials announced they are launching an investigation into Noble’s allegations to determine programs and activities he engaged in where there might have been further sexual misconduct during his tenure. 

Prosecutors said Noble has been released on a $100,000 bond that includes special conditions - no contact with minors and home confinement with electronic location monitoring. If convicted, Noble faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of five years, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. However, any sentence from the trial will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. 

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