- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cody Wilson, the Texas man at the center of the ongoing controversy over 3D-printable gun blueprints, has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly having sex with an underage girl last month.

A counselor for the girl, who was not named in an affidavit filed Wednesday detailing the charges, allegedly called the Austin Police Department on Aug. 22 saying that a client told her she had sex with a 30-year-old man a week earlier and had been paid $500.

Law enforcement later interviewed the girl, identified as a “juvenile female under the age of 17,” on Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, according to the affidavit filed Wednesday in District Court in Travis County, Texas.

Austin police are now working with national and international authorities to locate Mr. Wilson, according to Police Cmdr. Troy Officer.

His last known location was Taipei, Taiwan and he missed a scheduled flight back to the United States, the commander said.

Cmdr. Officer said they know Mr. Wilson does travel frequently for business, but that they don’t know why he went to Taiwan.

“But we do know 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,” he said.

The commander said the girl is 16 years old and lives in central Texas.

“My detectives have interviewed and spoke[n] with this victim, and in their opinion if someone mistakes her age it would be because they think she’s younger, not older, than the 16-year-old that she is,” he said.

Mr. Wilson and the girl allegedly started exchanging messages after meeting through the online dating site sugardaddymeet.com.

The girl said she exchanged messages with a person using the screen name “Sanjuro,” who later identified himself as Cody Wilson. Officials later matched the image on the “Sanjuro” dating profile to Mr. Wilson’s Texas driver’s license picture.

The two met on Aug. 15 at a coffee shop and later traveled to the Archer Hotel where they allegedly had sex, according to the affidavit. Mr. Wilson gave her $500 afterward and later drove her to a Whataburger, it said.

The affidavit says “Sanjuro” described himself to the victim as a “big deal.” The girl said she was unaware of the name “Cody Wilson,” but later found his name on the internet and confirmed he was the subject of recent news stories.

Mr. Wilson has been fighting for the right to post online 3D-printed gun blueprints for years.

He struck a deal with the State Department earlier this year that would have overturned an Obama-era blockade that effectively barred him from posting the plans online. The Obama administration had said posting the files could have run afoul of export control rules, and Mr. Wilson took the plans down in 2013 after they had been downloaded by many users.

But he sued the federal government, arguing that he had a First Amendment right to post the files.

After his deal with the State Department earlier this year, a number of states sued to keep Mr. Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, from posting the files, saying that terrorists and other people barred from having guns could use them to make their own firearms.

Last month, a federal judge granted the states a preliminary injunction blocking Mr. Wilson from posting the files online. Mr. Wilson announced soon after the ruling that he would start selling them through the mail and that the judge’s order didn’t prevent him from doing so.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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