3D-printed gun maker faces child sex assault charges
Cody Wilson, the man who tried to sell blueprints for the plastic guns, is now accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl.
Cody Wilson, the Texas man behind the controversial 3-D printed gun, was arrested Friday in Taiwan, after he was accused of sexual assault, an official told Fox News.
Austin police said they conducted a forensic interview at the end of August with a boy who said that she was sexually abused by Wilson after a meeting with him on a website called SugarDaddyMeet.com a police statement said.
Wilson was arrested in a hotel in Taipei’s Wanhua District, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 6 the use of the passport. The U.S. passport revoked after she realized that he was in Taiwan, that is the reason why Taiwanese officials could arrest him, the official said.
Wilson was alone at the time of his arrest and was very co-operative, the official said. He had no weapons on him at the time of his arrest. Authorities did not question him until Saturday.
Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the ministry was working with the national and international police looking Wilson, who missed a scheduled flight back to the US. from Taiwan. Officials said a friend of the girl told Wilson before he left for Taiwan, that the police investigation into the accusation against him.
Young told the police that they are connected with a person using the name of the profile “Sanjuro” and who identified himself as “Cody Wilson.” She told the police that Wilson told her that he was a “big deal”, according to police documents.
The statement gives not the victim of the age, only identifying her as a “young woman under the age of 17 years.” An officer told the AP that the girl is 16 years old.
During the forensic interview, the victim told the police that she and Wilson exchanged cell phone numbers and further talks with the Apple iMessage service on their phone. They allegedly arranged to meet Aug. 15, 2018, in the parking lot of Bennu Coffee in Austin.
The girl reported she received images of Wilson’s genitals and sent a picture of himself naked, according to the affidavit.
Court documents state Wilson showed up to the parking lot in a black Ford Edge sports utility vehicle. The police said that the license plate seen on the surveillance video corresponds to one of the vehicles that are registered to Wilson’s business, Defense Distributed.
The victim told the police she was in the car and they drove to the Archer Hotel. Surveillance cameras allegedly caught the two the hotel offers valet service in the lobby and an elevator (lift). They were also allegedly spotted on the seventh floor, where the rooms are.
Young told police the two went to room 718, where Wilson allegedly sexually assaulted her. Then she said, he paid her $500 to drive her to a Whataburger restaurant.
Hotel records revealed that Wilson registered the same room that the girl reported he had sex with her, the statement stated.
Wilson made headlines this summer for defying a federal court, and the sale of blueprints to be found, 3-D printed firearms. He told Fox News in July the weapons are “mostly curiosities” and that the “large” and “thick” characteristics of the weapons would help identify them.
“I doubt seriously that it is a real problem,” he added. “If it is a problem, then the [security] standards will have to change.”
Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.