Controversial 3D-printed gun maker wanted on child sex assault charges

A Texas man whose plans of posting 3D-printed gun blueprints online were thwarted by the federal government is now wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl.

According to the American-Statesman, authorities filed a warrant for Cody Wilson’s arrest Wednesday in Travis County District Court. Wilson, 30, is accused of having sex with a girl younger than 17 and paying her $500 at Austin hotel on August 15, 2018.

The girl’s counselor contacted police on August 22, after the girl reportedly made the revelation. During a forensic interview, she told authorities that she met Wilson on, with Wilson using the screen name “Sanjuro,” according to the newspaper.

During their online exchange, “Sanjuro” allegedly identified himself as Cody Wilson and described himself as a “big deal.” The pair reportedly exchanged phone numbers and sent one another sexually-explicit pictures.

KVUE reported that the girl recalled meeting up with Wilson in Benu Coffee’s parking lot on August 15. Documents stated that surveillance cameras caught Wilson arriving at the coffee shop in a black Ford SUV with license plates that matched Wilson’s.

The victim claimed Wilson then took her to Archer Hotel—with cameras allegedly catching the pair using the valet and in the hotel lobby and elevator.

KVUE noted that law enforcement didn’t specify the victim’s age in documents. Despite being charged with sexual assault involving an underage girl, Wilson was not in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

The news comes a month after a federal judge extended an order barring Wilson from offering blueprints of 3D-printed guns on his company’s website, Defense Distributed. The Austin-based businessman’s plans were met with controversy, with attorneys general from 19 states and Washington, D.C., filing a lawsuit to stop him.

Wilson has reportedly found a way to circumvent the ban: by mailing the data on USB drives.

Calling his company the “iTunes of downloadable guns,” Wilson said during an August press conference, “Everyone in America who wants these files will get them, and they’re allowed to name their own price at our website.”

[Featured Image: Cody Wilson/AP Photo/Eric Gay]