On Wednesday, the man behind the five-year-long 3D-printed gun debate, Cody Wilson, was charged with sexual assault of a child. Recent reports, however, state that Wilson is not in the country.
Most recently, Wilson was in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, according to officials. Austin police are currently working on returning him to the United States, where he will go to trial.
Wilson, 30, is the owner of Defense Distributed. The company has run into legal blockades over the past several years regarding his action with the 3D-printed guns. Throughout this, Wilson refers to himself as a crypto-anarchist.
In an interview with 71 Republic’s Mason Mohon, he further explained this, outlining his anti-government sympathies. As part of this, he noted that he is quicker and stealthier than the inefficient government. However, he also voiced clear support for staying within the bounds of the law and acting nonviolently to achieve desirable political aims.
The Sexual Assault Allegations
Specifically, the charges relate to an allegation that Wilson paid a minor $500 to have sex with him.
Police are stating that Wilson and the girl met at a coffee shop on August 15th. They then left in a Black Ford edge. Though not insurmountable evidence, it is also true that Wilson’s company possesses a 2015 car matching this description. The license plates of the two vehicles also match.
Wilson is currently not in custody abroad. He was scheduled to return to the United States but missed his flight.
Before Wilson left the country, officials are saying that the accuser’s friend notified him that she was going to the police about the accused sexual assault. Despite this, it does not appear that Wilson was fleeing the country. A multinational businessman, he has regular visits to the small Asian nation.
This story will update as more information is available. Wilson’s video interview with Mohon is available here.
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