Cody Wilson, founder and CEO of 3D printed gun designer Defense Distributed, has been charged with felony sexual assault of a minor after allegedly paying a 16-year-old for sex in an Austin hotel. According to reports, Wilson, an outspoken gun rights advocate, was traveling in Taiwan and may have been tipped off to the charges, as he apparently skipped a scheduled return flight to the U.S. and remains at large.
Here’s a look at the allegations and criminal complaint.
The pair apparently first met on SugarDaddyMeet.com, where Wilson went by the handle “Sanjuro,” and exchanged nude photos, according to records on her phone. On August 15, they met at an Austin coffee shop, travelled to a nearby hotel. Wilson allegedly paid the victim $500 for sexual intercourse and oral sex, then drove her to and dropped her off at a Whataburger.
Police were tipped off to the encounter by a counselor, who said their 16-year-old client was involved in the incident. Officer interviewed the victim on August 27, and were able to corroborate her claims using surveillance video from the coffee shop, valet receipts, video, and registration records from the hotel, as well as video footage from the Whataburger. Police were also able to confirm the victim’s correspondence with Wilson from data on her iPhone.
How Wilson was alerted to the charges remains a mystery. Rolling Stone reports a friend of the victim notified Wilson of the investigation. “We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business,” Commander Troy Officer, of Austin Police’s Organized Crime Division, said during a press conference yesterday. “We don’t know why he went to Taiwan, but we do know that he was informed that he was being investigated.”
As of this reporting, Wilson remains at large in Taiwan (which has no extradition treaty with the U.S.), and yesterday evening the United States Marshals Service released a wanted poster for Wilson.
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