Image: Man who goes by Clark Rockefeller
Essdras Suarez  /  AP
The man who goes by Clark Rockefeller, seen here in an August court appearance, is accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter.
updated 2/3/2009 7:16:07 PM ET 2009-02-04T00:16:07

A man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller is moving closer to a trial on kidnapping charges after attorneys were unable to reach agreement on a guilty plea.

Authorities say the man, whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, has used a number of assumed names since moving to the United States from Germany decades ago. He is accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last summer. He was captured about a week later in Baltimore.

Lawyers in the case met briefly in court on Tuesday. A judge set a deadline of Feb. 11 for them to resolve the case or go forward with a trial.

Last month, prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of 4 1/2 years to 5 years if Gerhartsreiter pleaded guilty.

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