3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US


3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

Taiwan has said it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that makes blueprints for untraceable 3D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her 500 dollars afterwards.

Cody Wilson is in jail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.

His bond was set at $150,000.

Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he was under investigation, police said, and was picked up by Taiwanese authorities on Friday after his US passport was annulled.

The U.S. Marshals Service took custody of Wilson after he arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport escorted by Taiwanese police.

Before leaving the United States, Wilson was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police, they said.

Nineteen states filed a lawsuit to stop Wilson from distributing the blueprints, and he later announced he would sell the controversial gun plans.

The girl told authorities about their encounter last week but, police say, someone tipped Wilson off and he fled.

Lynda M. Gonzalez  Austin American Statesman via AP FILE
Lynda M. Gonzalez Austin American Statesman via AP FILE

The victim told police that on August 15, she and Wilson met in person in the parking lot of Bennu Coffee on 515 South Congress Ave.

On Aug. 27, police were present when staff from the Center for Child Protection interviewed the alleged victim.

He then drove them to a hotel where they had sex. He had missed another scheduled return flight to the US, according to Commander Troy Officer with the Austin Police Department's Organized Crime Division.

The real estate company that he signed a contract with earlier this month contacted the authorities after watching news about his sexual assault case on TV, police said. Wilson later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to stop an agreement that the U.S. government reached with Defence Distributed, arguing that the blueprints for how to print plastic guns could be obtained by terrorists and other criminals. Last month a USA judge ordered him not to post the blueprints online. He began selling them for any amount of money to United States customers through his website.

Law enforcement officials worry that 3D guns are easy to hide and are untraceable since there's no requirement for the firearms to have serial numbers.

A self-described "crypto-anarchist", Wilson has said "governments should live in fear of their citizenry". Gun industry experts have said the printed guns are a modern method of legally assembling a firearm at home without serial numbers.



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