LAFAYETTE, La. - A 48-year-old Port Barre man has been sentenced to 262 months in prison, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph.
Cory Shane Disotell was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to serve more than 21 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Disotell is required to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison. As a result of Disotell's guilty plea on October 11, 2019, Judge Summerhays also ordered forfeiture of the Braztech S41118 .410 caliber shotgun which was seized from Disotell at the time of his arrest in Durango, Colorado.
Disotell devised a plan to coerce a 15-year old Port Barre minor to leave school and run away with him. On March 28, 2019, the defendant traveled to the school where the minor was a student and convinced the child to leave with him. He then transported her to Mississippi, and thereafter to Durango, Colorado, where he was apprehended after an extensive nationwide manhunt. At the time of his arrest, the defendant admitted he took the child from Port Barre, Louisiana, to Mississippi, and ultimately to Durango, Colorado, engaging in sexual acts along the way.
The FBI, U.S. Marshal's Service, Port Barre Police Department, Archuleta County Sheriff's Office, and Durango, Colorado Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Luke Walker and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."