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Former UC Davis water polo coach placed on pretrial house arrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Now-fired UC Davis water polo coach Daniel Noble, facing federal child porn charges following an undercover investigation into a Kik group chat, has been released on house arrest pending trial.

Noble, 26, posted a $100,000 bond and must remain inside his home, with exceptions being made for activities like employment, education, and religious services. He is also barred from using the internet and owning a smartphone.

In a letter to the court, attorney Erin Radekin said Noble lost his passport, which he was ordered to turn over to the court. In 2018, while on a vacation to Maryland, the passport went missing. He couldn’t find it back in California and his girlfriend’s grandmother, whose home he stayed at, couldn’t find the passport at her house, either.

As The Update first reported, Noble was arrested by federal agents on the 19th, who booked him into the Sacramento County Jail on one count of knowing distribution of visual depictions of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Noble is accused of sharing several pornographic videos of young children in a Kik group chat monitored by an undercover FBI agent from Florida. The videos depicted minors engaged in group sex, being raped, and straight-shots of genitalia.

On one occasion, while conducting surveillance on his house, agents tailed Noble to the UC Davis Aquatic Center, where they learned of his employment. Court documents say he accessed the illicit Kik group chat from work on several occasions.

After being presented with Noble’s unsealed arrest warrant by The Update, UC Davis terminated his employment and opened an internal investigation led by a former federal prosecutor, who will probe whether the former coach engaged in conduct that broke the university’s sexual harassment policy.

Chancellor Gary May called the allegations “highly disturbing” and antithetical to the values of the university, promising to support students that might feel victimized by Noble’s alleged behavior.

“I am deeply concerned that individuals in our community may have been harmed. If there are victims within our community, our highest priority will be to provide support for them,” he said.

A grand jury has yet to return an indictment in Noble’s case.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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