3-D printed gun promoter Cody Wilson was detained in Taipei on Friday and ordered to leave the country. He fled to Taiwan when he learned police were investigating an accusation he had sex with an underage girl.
The promoter of 3-D printed guns – Cody Wilson – detained in Taipei on Friday and ordered to leave the country. He fled to Taiwan when he learned U.S. police were investigating an accusation he had sex with an underage girl.
He was charged with sexually assaulting a minor
(SOUNDBITE) TROY OFFICER, AUSTIN POLICE COMMANDER, SAYING:
“He had sexual contact with a 16 year old girl which in the state of Texas is illegal.”
And his arrest warrant was issued earlier this week.
Taiwan doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S. But after the U.S. authorities annulled his passport, he was taken to Taiwanese immigration authorities by officers from Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. Taiwanese officials are in talks with U.S. representatives in Taiwan about his repatriation.
Wilson sparked a legal battle in 2015 after challenging a government ban on posting blueprints for 3-D guns on the internet for free.
He claimed it infringed on his rights to free speech and to bear arms. Last month a U.S. judge ordered him not to post the blueprints online. But Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed has been selling the 3-D firearm designs and delivering them on flash drives.
(SOUNDBITE) CODY WILSON, FOUNDER OF DEFENSE DISTRIBUTED, SAYING:
“I’m happy now at this point to become the iTunes of downloadable guns if I can’t be the Napster.”
According to police, Wilson met the underage girl through a website Sugar Daddy meet dot com and paid her $500 dollars for sex.
Police have said they are aware Wilson travels often for business, but they don’t know why he went to Taiwan.