3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

If convicted of child sexual assault Cody Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison

Wilson is the founder of Defense Distributed, a company that created blueprints of a 3D-printed handgun made of plastic, the same material used in Lego blocks.

Cody Wilson, the controversial 3D gunmaker, was extradited to the United States from Taiwan and appeared in a Texas courtroom Sunday on felony charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

He was arrested by United States marshals when he landed at the city's airport on Saturday and held in custody on a $150,000 (£114,740) bond.

Austin, Texas, police commander Troy Officer has said that his department is working with national and global law enforcement agencies to find Mr Wilson, whose last known location was Taiwan's capital, Taipei.

"This was a collaborative effort that demonstrates the dedication of local, state, federal and global officials working together to bring this fugitive to justice", said U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau in a statement, reports FOX 26. Wilson said this is a secure way of communication that was not included in the judge's order.

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

Wilson valet-parked at a North Austin hotel and checked in.

According to an affidavit, the girl said they met in the parking lot of an Austin coffee shop in August and then drove to a hotel.


The man known for making the blueprints to a fully 3D-printed gun was walked in to a Harris County courtroom Saturday after he was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals.

Not long after their alleged encounter, she told a counselor at the Center for Child Protection about it and they reported it to police.

Cody Wilson, center rear, is seen at a police auto in Taipei on Friday last week.

The real estate company that he signed a contract with earlier this month contacted the authorities after watching news about his sexual assault case on TV, police said.

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

The victim says she and Wilson had sex in the room and then paid her 5 $100 bills. He posted the blueprints online for free.

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.

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