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Federal Jury Convicts Arizona Man of Child Exploitation Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. – After two days of trial, a federal jury convicted Alan J. Disomma Jr., 60, of Payson, Arizona, today of two counts of attempted enticement of a minor and one count of traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual activity

Evidence at trial proved that on December 10, 2021, Disomma began messaging a woman located in West Virginia whom he believed to be the mother of two minor girls. Disomma stated in his messages to the individual that he wished to engage in sexual relations with both girls. Disomma also brought up possibly traveling to West Virginia to meet the girls during this online conversation.

From December 21, 2021 to December 18, 2022, Disomma exchanged text messages with the woman and continued to express his interest in engaging in sexual relations with both girls. During this text messaging, Disomma asked about flying to West Virginia to visit them and also stated that he had previously engaged in sexual relations with a prepubescent girl and subjected her to bestiality. Disomma also expressed interest in having the woman and the girls move to Arizona to live with him.

On December 18, 2022, Disomma flew from Arizona to Charleston, West Virginia, where he planned to meet the individual and travel with her to her residence where he intended to engage in sexual activity with both girls. Upon his arrival in Charleston, Disomma was arrested by law enforcement officers.

Disomma faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $750,000 fine when he is sentenced. Disomma must also register as a sex offender.

“Over the course of one year, Mr. Disomma repeatedly communicated his desire to engage in sexual relations with two minor girls and then traveled more than 1,800 miles to act on that desire,” said United States Attorney Will Thompson. “I commend the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) West Virginia Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force and the West Virginia State Police for their investigation of this case, and Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Rada Herrald and Lesley C. Shamblin and our trial team for prosecuting the case and securing guilty verdicts on all three counts in the indictment.”

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the jury trial.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:22-cr-227.





Updated February 23, 2024

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