AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cody Wilson, the founder of an Austin-based company that first developed blueprints for 3D-printed guns, was sentenced Thursday to probation after he pleaded guilty to injury to a child last month.
Wilson, 30, was initially charged with the sexual assault of a Travis County girl after investigators said he paid a 16-year-old for sex after meeting her online.
He accepted a deal with the District Attorney’s office to plead guilty to the lesser charge of injury to a child in a bid to avoid jail time. Wilson will be on probation for seven years and will have to register as a sex offender. He will also have to serve 475 hours of community service and pay a $4,800 fine. Monitoring software will be installed on any devices he owns that can access the internet and he will have to attend sex offender treatment programs.
“Should he violate the terms of his probation, Wilson could be sentenced by the court for up to 10 years in prison,” according to a release from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
In August 2018 a counselor reported to Austin police that a 30-year-old man had sex with a girl under the age of 17. The man was later identified as Wilson.
Police said Wilson contacted the girl on a website called SugarDaddyMeet.com and then met with her at a south Austin coffee shop. Authorities say he He allegedly paid her $500 in cash and assaulted her. Wilson was arrested in a Taipei hotel in 2018 by Taiwanese police, with assistance from the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service.
Wilson gained notoriety in August 2018 when a federal judge banned him from posting his blueprints for 3D-printed guns online. In response, he decided to sell his blueprints to anyone who wanted them.