Taiwan police arrest Cody Wilson, gun rights activist wanted in U.S.

Cody Wilson demonstrating his 3D-printed gun in Texas last month

Cody Wilson demonstrating his 3D-printed gun in Texas last month

Cody Wilson, 3D-printed firearm pioneer and DarkWallet developer, has been arrested in Taiwan in connection with charges that he sexually assaulted a minor in Texas.

Wilson, at the center of a USA legal battle over his plan to publish instructions for the manufacture of 3-D printed plastic guns, flew into Taiwan legally, the National Immigration Agency said on Friday.

Police in Austin, Texas, had earlier reported that Wilson's last known location was Taipei.

Wilson, who is at the center of a United States legal battle over his plan to publish instructions for the manufacture of 3D-printed plastic guns, flew into Taiwan legally, the country's National Immigration Agency said in a statement on Friday.

According to Taiwanese authorities, Wilson arrived on the island on September 6 and attempted to rent an apartment in Taipei but was yet to move in.

A Texas man who has played a central role in the United States debate over 3D-printed weapons and is wanted for having sex with a 16-year-old was arrested in Taiwan on Friday, Taiwanese authorities said. Police issued a warrant for his arrest following a sexual assault charge with a child, a second-degree felony that Officer said could put him behind bars for up to 20 years. He was charged on September 19 with sexual assault of a minor - a felony.

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Austin police have said Wilson flew to Taiwan earlier this month after a friend told him officers were investigating an allegation by a 16-year-old girl who said she was paid $500 to have sex with him at a hotel in the Texas capital.

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 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".

Police said they are aware that Wilson travels often for business, but that they do not know why he went to Taiwan.

The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police. The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant. They met in Austin on August 15 where Wilson brought her back to a hotel room.

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