Taiwan police arrest US 3D gun man accused of sex with minor

Cody Wilson

Cody Wilson

Cody Wilson, founder of the Austin-based, 3D-printed gun design firm Defense Distributed, has been arrested in Taiwan.

"The foreigner came legally to Taiwan visa-free but he no longer has a valid passport. the agency will discuss with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to arrange the return to his country soon", the Taiwan Immigration Agency statement read. Earlier this week, Texas police issued a warrant for his arrest.

While Taiwan has no formal extradition treaty with the US, and Wilson was not said to have been doing anything directly criminal in Taiwan, the press there reports that he was arrested without incident because the USA had revoked his passport, making his mere presence in Taiwan illegal.

Cody Wilson, 30, was taken to immigration authorities in the capital by officers from Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to local media reports and an official from the bureau who asked not to be named.

The arrest was reported on Friday morning by a local CBS affiliate in Austin, TX, where police had filed an affidavit against Wilson on Wednesday, alleging that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl he met on a "sugar daddy" website.

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.

Wilson then missed a scheduled flight home on Wednesday, prompting police in Austin to seek help from the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

The charge stems from a call Austin police received from a teen girl who said she was paid $500 to have sex with Wilson on August 15, according to an arrest affidavit filed the following week.

Wilson's Texas driver's license picture also matched the "Sanjuro" profile image on SugarDaddyMeet.com, police said. Police allege in an affidavit filed September 19, that Wilson had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.

Wilson sexually assaulted her and then "retrieved five $100.00 bills from a bag on the floor" and gave her the money, the alleged victim told police, according to the affidavit. He later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities. Police said they were able to corroborate the teen's claims through interviews and surveillance footage.

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