Cody Wilson, a Texas man who got national attention for his push to make blueprints for 3-D-printed guns publicly available on the internet, has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl, the Texas Tribune reports. An arrest affidavit in Austin said Wilson, 30, had sex with a girl under the age of 17 and paid her $500. Wilson was reported to be in Taiwan. The girl told authorities she created an account on SugarDaddyMeet.com and began talking to a man who used the screen name “Sanjuro.” “Sanjuro” eventually identified himself as “Cody Wilson” and told the girl he was a “big deal.”
Officers said Wilson left the U.S. before police could schedule an interview with him and then missed a scheduled flight back. Authorities are working with international law enforcement agencies to bring him in to custody. Wilson is the founder and director of Defense Distributed, a nonprofit that publishes open-source gun designs. He made national headlines when he announced plans to publish gun blueprints on Defense Distributed’s website. Attorneys general from 19 states filed a lawsuit to block that from happening, saying 3-D-printed guns are dangerous because they are hard to detect. A federal judge blocked Wilson from publishing the blueprints online. He then said he would mail blueprints to customers using flash drives.