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Texas Man at Center of 3D-printed Gun Debate Charged with Sexual Assault of a Child


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The Texas man battling the U.S. government on publishing instructions for 3D-printed guns is under fire for a completely different controversy.

Cody Rutledge Wilson, 31, was charged with sexual assault of a child on Wednesday.

According to reports, Wilson met the victim on a website called He allegedly assaulted a young girl at a hotel in Austin and paid her $500. The girl's name and age have been withheld since she is under the age of 17.

Reports say that Wilson used the username "Sanjuro" on the website and told the victim that he was a "big deal." The two met up at a coffee shop on South Congress Ave. where security footage shows Wilson arriving in a black Ford SUV with a license plate registered to his firearms business, Defense Distributed.

Police say they also have footage of Wilson and the victim meeting at the coffee shop and again later at the Archer Hotel last month.
Wilson has become a figure in the defense of 3D-printed guns. His company sells 3D printers that are capable of manufacturing firearms for just $2,000. The government has blocked Wilson from publishing instructions on printing guns, but he's since begun emailing the information to customers who have ordered them as of last month.

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