Cody Wilson, 3D-Printed Gun Pioneer, Arrested in Taiwan - Hit & Run

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Jorge Sanhueza Lyon KUT

Only a few days after the warrant was issued, police arrest Cody Wilson in Taiwan because he no longer had legal travel documents after his passport was canceled by United States authorities.

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

Officer said it was unclear when Wilson left for Taiwan, or why exactly he went there, but he didn't board a return flight to the United States. Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge. Cody Wilson has been accused of having sex with an underage girl and paying her $500 afterward in Texas.

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 global partners on this matter".

Wilson, who is at the center of a USA legal battle over his plan to publish instructions for the manufacture of 3D-printed plastic guns, flew into Taiwan legally, the country's National Immigration Agency said in a statement on Friday.

Wilson was then, according to The New York Times, "delivered.to the National Immigration Agency" in Taiwan.

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In the arrest warrant affidavit, Austin police said they received a call from a counselor August 22 who reported that a client, a girl under the age of 17, had reported having sex with a 30-year-old man a week before.

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

Police in Austin, Texas, had earlier reported that Wilson's last known location was Taipei.

According to the affidavit for arrest, Wilson courted the 16-year-old victim on a dating website designed for successful men to meet younger women. They said the vehicle was similar to a 2015 black Ford Edge registered with Wilson's business, Defense Distributed. The claim, which was originally reported to police by the victim's counselor, has allegedly been corroborated by multiple surveillance videos. The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

Detectives have spoken with the victim, Officer said at the news conference, and "in their opinion, if someone mistakes her age, it would be because they think she's younger, not older, than the 16-year-old that she is".

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