3D-Printed Gun Pioneer Resigns Amid Sex Charges

Defense Distributed has a new CEO after Cody Wilson quits
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2018 12:43 AM CDT
Paloma Heindorff is introduced as the new director of Defense Distributed at a news conference at the Sterling Events Center in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday September 25, 2018.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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(Newser) – Defense Distributed says CEO Cody Wilson resigned Friday—the same day the 3D-printed gun pioneer was arrested in Taiwan after apparently fleeing sex charges in the US. Paloma Heindorff, the company's former head of product development, announced Tuesday that she is now leading the company because Wilson has "some personal legal effects" to deal with, NPR reports. She described Wilson, who is accused of paying a 16-year-old girl in Texas $500 for sex, as an "incredibly powerful figurehead" and said company morale is "resilient," the Verge reports. The resignation "was his own decision and we support him in it," Heindorff said. Wilson, who was deported from Taiwan to the US to face a charge of sexually assaulting a minor, was released on bail Monday. (Read more Cody Wilson stories.)

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