Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

Statesman – by Mark D. Wilson, Tony Plohetski, Kelsey Bradshaw

2:30 p.m. update: Austin police are working with international authorities to bring Cody Wilson, an Austin man at the center of a debate about 3D-printed guns, back to the country from Taiwan to face a sexual assault charge filed in Travis County on Wednesday.

Wilson’s last known location was the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said.   

Wilson missed a scheduled flight back to the United States and is thought to have left the country after a friend of the 16-year-old sexual assault victim told him that police were investigating him, Officer said.

Police do not know why Wilson went to Taiwan, only that he frequently travels there for business, Officer said.

Wilson has been entered into a national law enforcement computer for sexual assault of a child, Officer said.

Earlier: Cody Wilson, an Austin man whose fight over 3D-printed guns thrust him into the national spotlight, faces a charge of sexual assault, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County district court on Wednesday.

The affidavit said a counselor called Austin police on Aug. 22 to report that a girl under the age of 17 told her she had sex with a 30-year-old man on Aug. 15 and was paid $500.

In a forensic interview on Aug. 27, the girl told authorities that she created an account on, and began exchanging messages with a man who used the username “Sanjuro,” the affidavit said.

The pair messaged online, then began exchanging text messages.

“During this conversation, ‘Sanjuro’ identified himself as ‘Cody Wilson.’ Victim said that ‘Sanjuro’ described himself to the victim as a ‘big deal,’ ” the affidavit said.

According to the document, Wilson sent the girl images of his penis, and she sent him nude photos of herself.

Investigators compared the profile photos used on the account to Wilson’s driver’s license photo, and determined that they were of the same person, the affidavit said.

The girl told police that she met Wilson at Bennu Coffee in the 500 block of South Congress Avenue in South Austin on Aug. 15 before they took Wilson’s black 2015 Ford Edge to the Archer Hotel in the 3100 block of Palm Way.

Detectives used surveillance footage to corroborate the girl’s story, along with hotel records that showed Wilson rented a room at the hotel, the affidavit said.

The girl told police she and Wilson had sex at the hotel and that he paid her $500.

The pair left the hotel around 9:20 p.m. before Wilson dropped the girl off at a Whataburger on Slaughter Lane, the affidavit said.

Sexual assault is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Wilson, 30, had not been booked into the Travis County Jail on Wednesday morning, jail records show.

He rose to national prominence in 2012 when he announced the Wiki Weapon Project, an effort to design and build the first gun made from durable plastic on a 3D printer. His goal was to make the weapon plans available to the public.

A year later, Wilson successfully fired a self-made, single-shot pistol he called the Liberator and posted the plans online, only to be met with an order from the U.S. State Department to remove the post for violating a federal law against exporting certain weapons or firearms designs to other countries.

Wilson sued the State Department, saying he and his Austin company, Defense Distributed, had a free-speech right to disseminate the plans. In a reversal earlier this year, the Trump administration settled with Wilson and agreed to allow him to post plans for 3D-printed weapon designs online.

Wilson declared that that “the age of the downloadable gun formally begins,” but officials from 19 states sued, arguing that publication of weapons plans posed a danger to national security and the public. A federal judge in Seattle agreed, issuing an order last month blocking publication, and a day later Wilson announced that he had begun selling the plans, saying the judge’s order only stopped online publication and not distribution by mail and other secure means.

In a recent interview with the American-Statesman, Wilson said his efforts grew out of his belief in crypto-anarchy, a philosophy that seeks to use a free internet and encryption technology to reduce government influence over people’s lives.

“I will continue to fight anyone who will try to sue me and say that I can’t do this,” he said.

9 thoughts on “Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

  1. She’s under 17, set up an account at, he paid her $500 to have sex with him, and promptly runs to the police to inform them of his crime. That’s not unusual, is it?

  2. Attorneys representing Mr. Wilson…..

    Made a press release to the public…

    Stating the innocence of their client…

    Because he used a 3d penis he printed out from files that he downloaded off the internet.

  3. Yeah, I’ll go with Total BS on this one…

    Wayyy, too convenient for the PTB ……..

    Highly doubtful and even if true, seems like “The Girl” admitted to willfully participating via this social website “Hookup” Helloooo, McFly……..

    Also, Stated in article…..”Wilson has been entered into a national law enforcement computer for sexual assault of a child, Officer said.”…..

    How would they be able to do such a thing without a conviction in the first place….”Even though we understand the Jurisdiction is fraudulent anyhow….

    Clearly, the PTB are in attack mode on Cody Wilson in real time, he will in all probability be murdered….

  4. Sure……sure…. l’ll buy that story for a dollar. This coming from the sanctuary capital of the world. They don’t want to deport illegal immigrants and want to house and protect them, but if an American does something illegal (the charge and accusation itself still remains questionable), it’s all hands on deck!

    Don’t you just love how the elites pick and choose which laws to enforce for their own benefits. He must be one helluva sexual predator if they need to have him sent back from another country. You’d think he was the Osama Bin Ladin of sexual predators. I guess he’s number one on the FBI’s Christmas list this year.

    What a joke. Unfrigginbelievable…..

    Hey, Keep Austin weird!

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