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

3 D printed guns promoter detained in Taiwan

3 D printed guns promoter detained in Taiwan

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.

Officials said Cody Wilson, 30, was booked into a Harris County, Texas, and was released on a $150,000 bond.

The Austin Police Department requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Sept. 19 after it was determined that Wilson had likely fled the Austin area.

Austin police launched an investigation after learning a 16-year-old girl from Central Texas told a counselor she'd had sex with Wilson on August 15 in a local hotel before he paid her $500, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Travis County District Court. "We don't know why he went to Taiwan, but we do know before he left, he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and police were investigating him for having sex with a minor", said Commander Troy Officer.

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

' That's our focus right now, ' Wilson's attorney, Samy Khalil, said in a statement Sunday night.

Wilson is the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed.

Authorities say Wilson met the girl through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com.

3 D printed guns promoter detained in Taiwan
3D gun advocate Cody Wilson accused of sex with minor is jailed in Texas

Wilson valet-parked at a North Austin hotel and checked in.

The man known for making the blueprints to a fully 3D-printed gun was walked in to a Harris County courtroom Saturday after he was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals. The newspaper said he cooperated calmly with authorities upon arrest.

Not long after their alleged encounter, she told a counselor at the Center for Child Protection about it and they reported it to police. Wilson later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities.

Cody Wilson of the US, center rear, is seen at a police auto in Taipei.

If found guilty, Mr Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to stop an agreement that the government reached with Defense Distributed, arguing that the blueprints could be obtained by felons or terrorists.

Last month a federal court banned Wilson from posting the designs for the 3D printed weapons online free of charge.

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