Man in Maine Amber Alert case convicted

Posted March 07, 2011, at 10:48 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A 39-year-old man who triggered Maine’s first Amber Alert has been found guilty of two of the four charges against him in connection with the November 2009 incident that touched off a 30-hour manhunt across three states.

A York County Superior Court jury on Monday found Gary Traynham guilty of aggravated assault and criminal restraint, but deadlocked on charges of gross sexual assault and burglary.

Prosecutors accused Traynham of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Sanford, sexually assaulting her and taking off with their 2-year-old daughter. Traynham and the girl were found by a hunter the next day parked on a logging road in Milton, N.H.

The charges stemmed from Traynham’s encounter with his ex-girlfriend, but were not directly linked to the Amber Alert.