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Wrestling Coach Accused Of Vanishing With Teen Girl Is Caught, Arrested

Philip Maglaya, 25, disappeared with the girl on August 22. He was found in a northern California neighborhood.

By Jon Silman

A high school wrestling coach who authorities say vanished with a 16-year-old has been found, and the girl reunited with her family.

Philip Maglaya, 25, was captured early Thursday morning in Stockton, California, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

The girl was "physically unharmed and is in good condition," deputies said.

Police found the pair, who were involved in a so-called "romantic relationship,” after an anonymous tip came in around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The pair had been spotted in a nearby neighborhood, the caller reported.

Maglaya was a volunteer wrestling coach at Stockton Unified’s Franklin High School. He started working there last year, according to KTXL in Sacramento, and had managed to pass all the background checks to work at the school.

The pair originally vanished on August 22, and sparked national interest. The teen left a note for her parents.

“I love you Mom and Dad, very much, nothing that you guys did was your fault,” it said, her mother told ABC News.

The girl's father called it his "worst nightmare."

After the teen's disappearance, her father, who called the ordeal his "worst nightmare," went through her phone log - and found a lengthy history of messages and calls to Maglaya.

On August 28, he received a text from his daughter.

"Don't worry about me I'm safe I'm at a friend's house. I'll talk to you guys again soon I love you, Mom and Dad," the message read, according to ABC News.

Deputies arrested Maglaya and charged him with child abduction, child endangerment, harmful matter sent to a child with the intent to seduce, contact with a minor for a sex offense, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and some additional felony sex offenses.

[Photo: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office]

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