UPDATE: Man accused of raping child in Harlan is found and arrested

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A grand jury indicted 20-year-old Phillip Maddox for raping a child in Harlan County one year ago.

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HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 8-6-14

A man wanted for rape of a child in Harlan County is now in jail.

State police say 20-year-old Phillip Maddox went to the Harlan County Detention Center this afternoon and surrendered to troopers.

In November of last year, a Harlan County grand jury indicted Maddox on a rape charge. State police say he sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl at an apartment in Harlan in August of last year. Police say he had no connection to the victim when the alleged rape happened.

Troopers had searched for Maddox for nearly a year to arrest him.

Maddox is being held on a $25,000 full cash bond.

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7-31-14

Police say they want to find him before he hurts another child. State troopers need your help finding 20-year-old Phillip Maddox of Harlan.

A grand jury indicted Maddox for raping a child in Harlan County one year ago. Since then police have spent countless hours looking for him.

Detectives say the investigation started in August of last year. Police say Maddox sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl in Harlan.

"Our main goal is to protect children and we protect everyone in the community, and we want to make sure that no one is out here running around who does not need to be," said Trooper Shane Jacobs, Kentucky State Police.

In November of last year, a Harlan County grand jury indicted Maddox on a rape charge. Police have looked for him ever since then to arrest him.

"We have made several attempts to locate him. Other police agencies have assisted us with this, but we've not been able to locate him, so we're just asking the public for assistance," said Trooper Jacobs.

Because this is a sexual assault case and the victim is a juvenile, police cannot release details on the case. However, detectives do say Maddox had no relation or connection to the victim when he met her and the alleged rape happened, which is why police want to find him as soon as possible.

"We want to make sure he's under arrest, placed in custody because we don't want this to happen to another child," said Trooper Jacobs.

State police believe Maddox is still in Eastern Kentucky, possibly still in Harlan County.

Anyone who has information on 20-year-old Phillip Maddox or sees him, should call the Kentucky State Police Post in Harlan at 606-573-3131.

Police say all tips can remain anonymous.

Records show two others were also indicted in this case and have been arrested. 27-year-old Bryant Maggard of Harlan is charged with four counts of rape. He was arrested last year and is out on bond. Records also show 33-year-old Misty Litzau of Baxter is charged with five counts of criminal abuse. She was arrested last year.

Police say Maggard and Litzau also were not related to the 12 year old victim in the case. No other details were released on their alleged involvement in the case.


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