Coach is in custody after missing teen found safe; – pair ‘romantic relationship,’ authorities say

Phillip Maglaya, 25, is the wrestling coach who was arrested on Thursday, after the location of a missing 16-year-old girl, authorities said.

(San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office)

A 16-year-old Northern California girl who had missed the past week was found safe Thursday and her wrestling coach was arrested, authorities said, adding that the two, who allegedly had a “romantic relationship.”

The girl and the coach, that if Phillip Maglaya, 25, were found in a house in Stockton, California, Fox 40 Sacramento reported.

The teenager, physcially undamaged and in good condition, was returned to her parents, the report said.

The suspect was booked into San Joaquin County Jail, the record of Stockton reported. He was charged with multiple crimes, including sex-related crimes with a minor, and kidnapping of children, the report said.

Phillip Maglaya, a Stockton high school wrestling coach is now in custody. The San Joaquin County sheriff’s department shared his photo booking this afternoon. According to the sheriff’s office he is facing six charges including contact with a minor for sex offense.

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The bail is set at $2.7 million, and the suspect was scheduled to appear in court Friday, according to the report.

“This is a father’s worst nightmare,” the father of the girl told ABC News. “I feel so helpless.”

“We trusted him,” the mother of the girl said, referring to the coach.

A note that their daughter reportedly left for her parents read, “I love you Mommy and Daddy, very much, nothing that you did was your fault,” the mother told ABC.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Konecny described the event as an emotional one for him.

“It took me home as a father and as I watched this family try to keep it together,” the deputy told FOX 40. “It was hard for me to keep it together. And everyone in that room was very unfortunate.”

The Stockton Unified School District acknowledged in a statement that the coach and the teen had started a “relationship”, the station reported.

Maglaya was a volunteer wrestling coach at Franklin High School in Stockton, says the report. The researchers are still not clear when the romantic relationship began between the coach and teen.

Maglaya told the school he would not be returning, the school district said, according to the reports.

It was not immediately clear if Maglaya has legal representation.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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