GREEN RIVER — An 18-year-old Iowa youth was sentenced to at least two years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary after changing his plea on a child exploitation arrest in May.
Ephirem Samuel Gurisho plead down to a single felony charge of child pornography possession after being charged with five other counts including marijuana possession.
Gurisho is also facing several felonies involving sexual misconduct in Iowa, according to public defender Rick Helson. He was out on bond and “just traveling around the states” when he was arrested in Wyoming.
Gurisho, who came to the United States from Ethiopia when he was seven years old, told Third District Court Judge Suzannah Robinson that he was “just traveling around the states” with his brother, cousin, and a female companion after being released on bond in Iowa.
He said he made a video recording of himself and the girl having sex in a motel room in Houston, TX. When he was pulled over in Wyoming for speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, the video was on his cell phone. The female was 17 years old at the time which warranted the child pornography possession charge.
Gurisho was also ordered to pay $325 in court and legal fees and was also given credit for 131 days of time served in the Sweetwater County Detention Center.