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Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

Cody Wilson poses for a portrait in the Defense Distributed office in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Lynda M. Gonzalez / Associated Press)
Cody Wilson poses for a portrait in the Defense Distributed office in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Lynda M. Gonzalez / Associated Press)
By Ryan Tarinelli Associated Press

DALLAS – The owner of a Texas company that is being sued by several states over its plan to disseminate blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward, police allege in an affidavit filed Wednesday.

The girl accused Cody R. Wilson of having sex with her at an Austin hotel on Aug. 15, Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge. The court filing doesn’t say how old the girl is, but Texas’ age of consent is 17.

Wilson, 30, wasn’t in custody as of early Wednesday afternoon, jail records indicated. He did not respond to a phone message seeking comment.

According to the affidavit, Wilson met the girl through the website The girl said she met Wilson in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop before they drove to the hotel, where Wilson had sex with her and afterward gave her $500 in cash. She said Wilson then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

Video surveillance shows Wilson and the youth getting out of a vehicle at the hotel and then exiting an elevator together on the seventh floor, Donovan wrote. The footage shows them returning to the elevator later that night.

Hotel records revealed that Wilson registered the same room that the girl reported he had sex with her, the detective wrote.

Wilson is identified in the affidavit as the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed. After a federal court barred Wilson from posting the printable gun blueprints online for free last month, he announced he had begun selling them for any amount of money to U.S. customers through his website.

The states sued to stop an agreement that the government reached with Defense Distributed, arguing that the blueprints for how to print plastic guns could be obtained by felons or terrorists.

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