DAVIS, Calif. (KTXL) — An assistant coach for the University of California, Davis men’s water polo team was terminated Friday after he was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on charges related to child pornography, school officials announced.

According to documents filed Thursday, Daniel Noble, 26, is accused of distributing child pornography and is facing a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. Noble is also a coach at the youth level, according to documents. 

Noble appeared in front of a judge at a Sacramento federal court Friday. The appearance lasted 25 minutes, and he was in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls.  

In the documents, Noble was said to have been in a chat room on the messaging app Kik that was conducted by an undercover federal agent in Florida. The agent noticed a user named “numerounoginger” posted videos of underage age girls performing sexual acts and commented on several posts.

Investigators tracked the account to a home on Sycamore Lane in Davis where Noble stayed with two roommates. FBI agents searched the home and Noble admitted to sharing the videos, but said he didn’t create them and didn’t commit a crime. 

According to court documents, Noble used the screen name “The Ginger” due to his red hair and he accessed the Kik account from a UC Davis internet source. 

Prior to firing Noble, UC Davis placed him on administrative leave and ordered him to stay away from the campus. Noble will be arrested if he returns to campus, according to a statement from UC Davis. 

According to the university, Noble was hired by UC Davis in 2019 and his contract was due to expire on June 30. 

“These allegations are highly disturbing and antithetical to the values of UC Davis,” said UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May in a statement. “We will cooperate fully with the FBI investigation. As always, the safety of our students and the broader community remain my highest concern.” 

School officials said they’re launching an investigation into Noble’s allegations to determine programs and activities he engaged in and if he engaged in any sexual misconduct during his tenure. 

Once the investigation is concluded, the university said the report will be published online. 

After terminating Noble on Friday afternoon, the school removed his coaching profile from the UC Davis athletics website.

According to his now-deleted bio, Noble coached swimming at the high school and club levels and is a native of San Clemente in Orange County.

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

After his arrest, Noble was transported and booked into Sacramento County Jail.