Cody Wilson, the controversial figurehead of the 3D printed gun rights movement, has been indicted for sexual assault by the State of Texas. The formal accusation, which includes multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor, comes three months after a warrant for Wilson’s arrest was released after he was initially accused. Ars Technica posted the full notice of indictment.
Wilson founded Defense Distributed, an open source 3D printed gun organization, in 2012. Causing controversy from its early days, the company sought to release and proliferate the design and files for a 3D printable handgun, the Liberator. At the time, the U.S. government demanded the website be taken down because it infringed upon international arms trafficking regulations.
In the years since that initial decision, Wilson gained support from gun rights advocates and has fought the government to keep his company and his open source guns accessible. Readers will remember that Defense Distributed won its case through a settlement with the Department of State and was given the go-ahead to share 3D printed gun files on the internet. At the time of the decision there was something of a media frenzy. Presently, there are a number of ongoing lawsuits on both sides.
In parallel with this, Wilson got himself embroiled in another scandal when he was accused of soliciting sex from an underage girl. Wilson apparently got wind that the accusation was coming and fled to Taiwan, where he was apprehended on September 21, 2018.
Today, Wilson is out of jail (on a bond of $150,000) though if he is convicted of sexual assault of a minor he could face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
As one would imagine, there have been professional consequences to the situation, as Wilson was formally removed as the director of Defense Distributed. Wilson is still listed as director of Ghost Gunner, Inc., however.