By John Crump
Austin, Texas –-(Ammoland.com)- Cody Wilson is a hero to some and a James Bond level villain to others, but what he is to everyone is a very complicated person. For full disclosure, I have spoken at length with Wilson in the past on and off the record. I have interviewed Wilson for AmmoLand and met up with him in Las Vegas.
Authorities charged Wilson with sexual assault of a minor in connection with a meeting set up through a website called sugardaddymeet.com. The female in question is sixteen. The age of consent in Texas is seventeen. The age of consent is sixteen in most states and all of Canada. Before we get into that, we need to talk about Wilson.
First some background. Cody Wilson is a crypto-anarchist. This worldview is different from the anarcho-communist of Antifa. In its purest form, a crypto-anarchist is a person with extreme libertarian views that lives in the digital world. They believe in using technology to lessen the grip of government in our lives.
Other crypto-anarchist includes Ross William Ulbricht who was better known as The Dread Pirate Roberts on the Dark Web. DPR started a website for drugs called The Silk Road and a site for illegal gun sales called The Armory. Everything from Glocks and fully functional RPGs was for sale on his site before it was shut down.
A crypto-anarchist doesn't believe that the government has the right to regulate what you can and can't do with your body including what you put in your body. They don't think that the government has the right to tell you what can and can't own. This belief is especially apparent when it comes to firearms.
They see guns as a way for the people to keep the government in check and to prevent it from becoming tyrannical. The crypto-anarchist philosophy is that all governments will become tyrannical and firearms are needed to throw off the chains of an oppressive government.
Knowing this philosophy, it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone who is as intelligent as Wilson would find a way to make all gun control laws irrelevant.
This goal set Wilson off on a journey to create a 3D printed gun. He accomplished that mission by creating a single shot .380 gun called the Liberator. It was named after the cheap single shot pistol that the Allies dropped into France to help the French resistance fight back against the Nazis. Wilson was eventually slowed in his quest by the State Department using ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), but that didn't stop Wilson.
Wilson was determined to fight back against an unjust ruling. His first set of lawyers told him it wasn't worth it, so he fired them. Eventually, the State Department would give up after getting advice on the matter from the Department of Justice.
An anti-gun judge in Seattle would block Wilson and his non-profit Defense Distributed from releasing the files to the public, but Wilson found a way around the court’s ruling. The ruling prevented him from giving away the data, but it didn't forbid him from selling it. So, for as cheap as a penny, you could buy the files from defcad.com.
That brings us to today.
Authorities have charged Cody Wilson for paying for sex with a sixteen-year-old Texas female.
This is not an excuse but a fact that the age of consent in Texas is seventeen.The two allegedly met on the site sugardaddymeet.com. The site's stated mission “is to help older well-off men meet younger women for a mutually beneficial relationship.”
A sugar daddy is a term from the popular lexicon that means an older man who showers a younger woman with gifts and money. The younger woman usually ends up being a “girlfriend” of the older man for these gifts.
The site, sugardaddymeet.com, claims to be just a dating site just as the old backpage.com claimed to be just a classified site. Authorities allege that sugardaddymeet.com helps facilitate prostitution and human trafficking.
According to the arrest affidavit filed in Travis County Texas, Wilson was on the site under the moniker “Sanjuro” and met the sixteen-year-old female. They both agreed to meet up on August 15th, 2018 at a café in Austin. Wilson allegedly paid the female $500 to have sex with him at a nearby hotel.
According to the website, you must be eighteen so sign up. It is impossible to register an account on the site if you admit that you are younger than eighteen. The website is not for minors. The site would have returned an error if the female used her real age. The girl in question must have lied to register to be on the site.
A person only identified as a counselor contacted authorities when the female admitted to meeting up and having sex with a man claiming to be a “big deal.”
Police investigated and were able to pull a license plate number from the Ford Edge Wilson was driving from security camera footage from the café. Defense Distributed owned the vehicle according to the Texas DMV.
According to the police interview with the female, the two engaged in oral sex and intercourse. Hotel security cameras showed Wilson and the female returning to the elevator in the hotel from a room that Wilson had rented at 9:17 PM.
Cody Wilson Arrest Warrant Affidavit
In the days since the meeting, the two exchanged explicit pictures via text messages on at least one occasion. Police are using this photographic image against Wilson. According to the affidavit, police identified Wilson by the appearance a unique mark on his leg.
A friend of the unnamed female notified Wilson of the investigation and impending arrest. Shortly after being informed of the inquiry Wilson boarded a plane and flew to Taiwan. It is unclear why Wilson went to Taiwan. He often travels for business, so this could be a simple business trip. It is worth noting that Taiwan does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.
Wilson did buy a round trip ticket from Texas to Taipei which is the capital of Taiwan, but he was not on board the return flight in the US. AmmoLand News reached out to Wilson to question him on when he would return to Texas to face the charges, but our question went unanswered.
The affidavit does not make it clear on how authorities concluded that Wilson knew the female was lying about her age outside of conjecture. The officer filing the affidavit just gave his opinion that Wilson should have known she lied.
Prosecutors are charging Wilson with a second-degree felony. Wilson is ordered to be held on a $150,000 bond and will be required to surrender his passport and wear a GPS monitor while awaiting trial. He is ordered to have no contact with the female in the case.
AmmoLand News reached out to Defense Distributed and Wilson for comments, but they did not return our request.
About John Crump
John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot-News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people from all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.