Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

Cody Rutledge Wilson, 30, a known gun enthusiast in Austin and owner of Defense Distributed, which is listed as a nonprofit, private defense firm, was arrested at a hotel in Taipei Sept. 21 by Taiwan police.

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 US passport was annulled. According to jail records, Wilson's bond was set at $150,000.

He was arrested in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday and had been extradited back to Texas to face the charges.

Wilson is accused of having sex with an underage girl.

He is facing sexual assault charges in Austin, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals service. Wilson said this is a secure way of communication that was not included in the judge's order.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sued the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with the company over allowing it to disseminate its designs for making a 3D-printable gun.

The victim met Wilson on sugardaddymeet.com, a website that bills itself as the "Best Sugar Daddy Dating Site for Attractive Women and Wealthy Men Seeking Mutually Beneficial Relationships".

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On Aug. 27, police were present when staff from the Center for Child Protection interviewed the alleged victim.

Wilson and the girl met at a coffee shop August 15 and left together in a black Ford Edge, police said.

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. He paid her $500 for it then dropped her off a a Whataburger, according to prosecutors.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to stop an agreement that the USA government reached with Defence Distributed, arguing that the blueprints for how to print plastic guns could be obtained by terrorists and other criminals.

Wilson - who subscribes to an anarchist philosophy that the free exchange of ideas on the internet is a check on government - then said he interpreted the ruling as only barring the free online distribution of the blueprints, and began offering the files for sale.

He then began selling them to USA customers through his website.

Law enforcement officials worry the guns are easy to hide and are untraceable since there is no requirement for the firearms to have serial numbers.

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