June 12, 2009 (BOSTON) --
A German man who called himself Clark Rockefeller and spun fantastic stories about himself during three decades in the United States has been convicted of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter. Rockefeller's real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (GAYR'-hahrtz-ry-tur). He snatched his daughter during a supervised visit last July after losing custody to his ex-wife. He was also charged with two assaults on a social worker.
The jury on Friday also found him guilty of one of the assault counts, but acquitted him on the other and on a charge of giving a false name to police.
Gerhartsreiter's lawyers said he was suffering from a delusional disorder and legally insane when he kidnapped his daughter and fled to Baltimore.