Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

Cody Wilson under arrest by police in Taipei

Cody Wilson under arrest by police in Taipei

Cody Wilson advocates 3D-printed weapons as a bulwark against gun control and has caused panic by publishing firearm blueprints online.

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 USA passport was annulled.

His bond was set at $150,000.

3-D printed gun promoter Cody Wilson was detained in Taipei on Friday and ordered to leave the country.

THE owner of a United States company that sells plans to make untraceable 3D printed guns is back in the USA 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 girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $US500 ($A688) after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

He is facing sexual assault charges in Austin, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals service.

Marshals worked with their Taiwanese counterparts to locate and detain Wilson after he missed a scheduled flight back to the United States, authorities said.

Mr Wilson is identified in the affidavit as the owner of Austin-based Defence Distributed.

Cody Wilson’s company sells plans to make untraceable 3D printed guns online
Camera Icon Cody Wilson’s company sells plans to make untraceable 3D printed guns

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

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.

"It's also trafficking if a person under 17 years of age is harbored, transported or provided to another", APD said.

Wilson owns a Texas company that sells blueprints for 3D-printable guns.

Police said Wilson took the girl to the Archer Hotel in Austin, where surveillance footage reviewed by police showed them exiting an elevator on the seventh floor.

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

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.

Authorities worry the firearms are easy to hide and untraceable as there's no requirement for them to have serial numbers, which are a crucial part of any investigation of a crime in which shots are fired.

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