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Man who touched off Amber Alert goes on trial

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The trial of the man who triggered the state's first Amber Alert has opened in Alfred.

None of the charges against Gary Traynham have anything to do with the Amber Alert. Traynham's attorney questioned why it was issued in the first place. She said Traynham had the legal right to take his 2-year old daughter the day in question.

Nevertheless Traynham is still facing some very serious charges including gross sexual assault and aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his child's mother.

The prosecution claims on November of 2009 Traynham was inside his ex-girlfriend's home in Sanford waiting for her to return. The state alleges Traynham then grabbed Lisa Gould, choked, beat and raped her, then fled with their daughter.

"Should I begin with the fact that he bragged about it? After the attack he calls Lisa's new boyfriend and says, and i quote, come look at your girlfriend now", Assistant District Attorney Thad West told jurors.

  Traynham fled to New Hampshire with his daughter, touching off the Amber Alert. A hunter spotted him the next day and Traynham was arrested.

Traynham's Attorney admits her client was in a confrontation with Gould that day, but claims it was Gould who provoked it by clawing at Traynham. Attorney Amy Fairfield also told jurors Traynham never sexually assaulted Gould.

The trial is expected to last several days.


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