A 16-year-old Stockton girl reported missing last Wednesday has been found safe, and the 25-year-old wrestling coach she was traveling with has charged with several crimes related to her nearly weeklong disappearance, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
The teen was found in a Stockton residence with Franklin High School volunteer coach Phillip Maglaya, who was taken into custody, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Konecny confirmed at about 7:45 a.m.
The two were located with help from an anonymous tip, Konecny said.
Maglaya was arrested and charged on multiple counts relating to child abduction, child endangerment, harmful matter sent to a child, contact with a minor for a sex offense, and other felony sex offenses involving a minor. He is being held at San Joaquin County jail.
Maglaya and the teen were found in a residence on East Mendocino Avenue at about 1 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Deputies took Maglaya into custody and the juvenile was not physically harmed, officials say.
Identified this Wednesday by the Sheriff’s Office by the first name Alexus, sheriff’s officials said last week they had reason to believe she and Maglaya may have been involved in a “romantic relationship.”
Alexus is now with her family, Konecny said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is still encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 209-468-440 or the investigations unit at 209-468-4225.