You may remember that Defense Distributed founder and 3D firearm advocate Cody Wilson ran afoul of the law last September when he was found to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. He was arrested and charged with sexual assault.
Today, the former DefDist CEO pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of injury to a child. The Austin Statesman reports that the plea deal will keep Wilson out of prison, but will require him to register as a sex offender for a period of seven years while he’s in deferred adjudication probation.
If Wilson abides by the conditions of the probation, the court will not enter a finding of guilt and Wilson will not be convicted of the charge.
Here’s the Associated Press’s report . . .
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the founder of a Texas company that sold plans for making untraceable 3D printed guns has pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage girl.
Travis County Assistant District Attorney Joe Frederick says Cody Wilson pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of injury to a child under a plea deal with prosecutors.
Wilson’s recommended sentence would keep him out of prison while requiring him to register as a sex offender for seven years and serve deferred adjudication probation.
Wilson was arrested in Taiwan last year, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated over the allegations.
Wilson founded Austin-based Defense Distributed, which was selling designs to make 3D printable guns. He stepped down as the company’s director after his arrest last year.