3D-Gun Advocate Accused of Sex With Minor Now in Jail

Cody Wilson is back in Texas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2018 11:33 AM CDT
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This Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, image taken from CCTV and provided by the Formosa TV, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, shows American suspect Cody Wilson walking at a hotel lobby in Taipei.   (Formosa TV via AP)
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(Newser) – The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the US Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl, the AP reports. The US Marshals Service said 30-year-old Cody Wilson was booked into Harris County Jail in Houston early Sunday and was being held on $150,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney yet. He was arrested Friday at a hotel in Taiwan by local police. He is facing sexual assault charges in Austin, according to a statement from the US Marshals service.

Authorities say Wilson met the girl through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. According to an affidavit, the girl says they met in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop in August and then drove to a hotel. The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant. Wilson is the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sued the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with the company over allowing it to disseminate its designs for making a 3D-printable gun. The lawsuit by mostly Democratic state attorneys general argued that such weapons could be used by criminals or terrorists. Wilson, a self-described "crypto-anarchist," has said "governments should live in fear of their citizenry."

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