Taiwan police nab gun rights activist on sex assault charges

U.S. Marshals OfficeA wanted poster for Cody Wilson founder of a 3D gun printing company

U.S. Marshals OfficeA wanted poster for Cody Wilson founder of a 3D gun printing company

Austin Police Department announced Wednesday that the 30-year-old is wanted for sexual assault, saying he was in Taiwan and missed a flight back to the United States.

TAIPEI, Taiwan Authorities in Taiwan arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the USA over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward, official media reported.

In his August ruling, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted a preliminary injunction on the blueprints with the intention of mitigating risks to the public, arguing that the lawyers who had filed suit against Wilson "have a legitimate fear that adding undetectable and untraceable guns to the arsenal of weaponry already available will likely increase the threat of gun violence they and their people experience".

According to police, Wilson met the underage girl through a website Sugar Daddy meet dot com and paid her $500 dollars for sex.

Taiwan does not have an extradition treaty with the US, but local police have nevertheless cooperated with authorities in the U.S.to arrest Wilson, and - according to translated reports from Taiwanese media - potentially deport him to his home country.

It's unclear why Wilson traveled to Taiwan.

Defense Distributed is interviewed by ABC News
ABC News Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed is interviewed by ABC News

Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a company that deals in software and hardware to facilitate home weapon printing and machining.

"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", Austin police Cmdr. Wilson's arrest comes roughly a day after that rental agency identified him.

According to the affidavit, the teen said that she and "Sanjuro" texted each other inappropriate pictures.

Police said they reviewed hotel surveillance footage "showing the victim and Wilson exiting an elevator onto the seventh floor".

Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator", in his factory in Austin, Texas, Aug. 1, 2018.

"He had sexual contact with a 16 year old girl which in the state of Texas is illegal". It is expected to deport him to the U.S.to face those charges, which carry a potential 2 to 20 years in prison and $10,000 fine. Last month a USA judge ordered him not to post the blueprints online.

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Juliet Linderman and Catherine Lucey contributed from Washington . Christine Blasey Ford , PhD has claimed Judge Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teenagers in high school .

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