Sexual harassment and assault

US owner of 3D-printed gun company Cody Wilson is accused of sex with minor, flies to Taiwan

Texas police say Cody Wilson, who attained notoriety with his printable Liberator handgun, met the girl through the website

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 4:47am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 9:13pm

The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her US$500 afterwards.

Austin police commander Troy Officer said on Wednesday that the department is working with national and international law enforcement to find Cody Wilson, who missed a flight back to the US from Taiwan.

Officer said Wilson’s last known location was in Taipei, Taiwan. He said it’s unclear why Wilson went to Taiwan, but he is known to travel extensively. He said before Wilson flew there, a friend of the 16-year-old girl told Wilson police were investigating the accusation he had sex with the youth.

Authorities in Taiwan confirmed Wilson was there after arriving on the island earlier this month.

Criminal Investigation Bureau Division Director Kan Yen-min was quoted by the Central News Agency as saying the bureau had not received intelligence from the US regarding Wilson, but it would continue to seek more information about the case.

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In a court filing, Detective Shaun Donovan said Wilson had sex with the girl at an Austin hotel last month. A counsellor for the teenager reported the accusation to Austin police a week later. He said Wilson met the girl through the website, where she had an online profile.

The girl said she received images of Wilson’s genitalia and sent a picture of herself naked, according to the affidavit.

On August 15, they met in the car park of an Austin coffee shop then drove to the hotel. The girl told investigators Wilson paid her US$500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.

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Video surveillance shows Wilson and the youth getting out of a car at the hotel and getting out of the lift together on the seventh floor, Donovan wrote. The footage shows them returning to the lift later that night.

Hotel records show Wilson registered the same room that the girl reported he had sex with her, the detective wrote.

“My detectives have interviewed and [spoken] with this victim,” Officer said. “In their opinion, if someone mistakes her age it would be because they think she’s younger, not older.”

Wilson is identified in the affidavit as the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed. After a federal court barred him from posting the printable gun blueprints online for free last month, he announced he had started selling them for any amount of money to US customers through his website.

The states sued to stop an agreement that the government reached with Defense Distributed, arguing that the blueprints could be obtained by felons or terrorists.