The man who rose to fame for inventing 3D printed guns is now on the run for allegedly having sex with a minor. Police believe Cody Wilson, the 30-year old founder of Defense Distributed, took off to Taiwan.
An affidavit for an arrest warrant was filed in Texas on Wednesday charging Wilson with 2nd-degree felony sexual assault and detailing how Wilson met a juvenile female online and paid her for sex.
Wilson Allegedly Paid the Juvenile for Sex
Wilson and the victim first met on SugarDaddyMeet.com on August 15. He told her he was a “big deal” and gave his name, the two also then exchanged phone numbers and continued their conversation via iMessage. After meeting at a coffee shop, Wilson took her to the Archer Hotel in Austin where the two had sex, and he paid her $500. The two had also exchange nude photos.
The story came to light when the victim told a counselor that she had sex with an adult male. The counselor reported the incident to the police who followed up with a forensic interview at the Center for Child Protection.
The victim told investigators she was paid $500 for having sex with a 30-year old male and said Wilson’s driver’s license photo matched the man she had sex with.
Corroborating the victim’s story is video footage from the Archer hotel, video footage from a Whataburger restaurant he took her to after, as well as valet video and receipts among others.
Cody Wilson Goes on the Run… to Taiwan
Wilson’s bond was set at $150,000, and if he is convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for the second-degree felony.
“We don’t know why he went to Taiwan, but we do know that before he left, he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and police were investigating him for having sex with a minor,” said Austin police Commander Troy Officer in a press briefing.
According to Courthouse News, multiple newspapers in Taiwan reported sightings of Wilson. He was seen at a hotel bar and had also signed papers on a house before the rental agency was made aware of his status. Taiwan and the U.S. do not have an extradition agreement.
Wilson’s company Defense Distributed made headlines recently when under Obama the State Department tried to stop the company from publishing online blueprints to a 3D printable and working gun. In July Trump’s Justice Department settled with Defense Distributed and allowed them to sell the blueprints online.
Then in August, a federal court barred Defense Distributed from posting the blueprints online, but it only prevented the company from publishing the blueprints for free. Defense Distributed was still allowed to post the blueprints for sale online and transmit them to customers.