Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

3D-Gun Designer And Sexual Assault Suspect Cody Wilson Arrested In Taiwan

3D-Gun Designer And Sexual Assault Suspect Cody Wilson Arrested In Taiwan

The owner of a controversial company that makes 3D-printed gun blueprints has reportedly been arrested in Taiwan after being accused in Texas of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and then paying her $500.

Cody Wilson, 30, was on Friday taken to immigration authorities in Taipei by officers from Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to officials.

According to BuzzFeed News, Wilson's passport and legal documents, which he'd used earlier in the week to check into a business hotel in the capital's Wanhua District under his real name, had been canceled by the American Institute in Taiwan.

Wilson then missed a scheduled flight home on Wednesday, prompting police in Austin to seek help from the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

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Division Director Kan Yen-min was quoted by the official Central News Agency as saying the bureau has yet to receive intelligence from the USA regarding Wilson, but will continue seeking more information about the case.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which would likely be responsible for taking Wilson back to the United States, said in a statement it was aware of Wilson's arrest and was "fully engaged with our worldwide partners on this matter".

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed is interviewed by ABC News. The two exchanged cell phone numbers and began texting and exchanging explicit photos, the affidavit said.

Wilson is the founder of Defense Distributed, the focus of a legal and political battle over its placing on the internet blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3D printer.

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Once there, according to the affidavit, the pair left the vehicle with the hotel's valet service and walked together to a room, where they had sex.

She said that he later identified himself as "Cody Wilson" and claimed to have been 'a big deal'. They also reviewed surveillance videos and digital valet receipts.

Wilson faces a charge of sexual assault, a second degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Over the summer, however, a federal judge temporarily stopped him from putting gun blueprints online and in August, a federal judge in Seattle extended the injunction, after a coalition of states and the District of Columbia said making plastic weapons available would create a public safety issue.

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