3D-printed gun creator accused of sexual assault arrested in Taiwan
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Cody Wilson, the owner of a company that distributes blueprints to produce 3D-printed guns and who flew to Taiwan this week after learning he had been charged with sexual assault involving an underage girl, has been arrested and will be deported back to the U.S., BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

The 30-year-old founder of Defense Distributed was reportedly arrested shortly after checking into a business hotel in Taipei.


According to BuzzFeed, when Wilson checked in, his passport was canceled by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which left him without any valid travel documents.

He was arrested by local police shortly after.

Wilson caught a flight to Taiwan earlier this week after an affidavit was filed in Travis County, Texas, accusing him of paying a girl under the age of 17 $500 after the two had sex.

He had been investigated after a counselor contacted police in August to report the incident, according to the affidavit. The minor was later interviewed by police, and a warrant was issued for Wilson's arrest on Wednesday, when he was already on his way to Taiwan.

"We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business. We don't know why he went to Taiwan," Austin Police Commander Troy Officer said at news conference, Reuters reported. 

"But we do know before he left he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and the police were investigating him for having sex with a minor," he added.

Wilson has captured headlines in recent months from the debate over 3D-printed guns. He has said it is his First Amendment right to distribute instructions for citizens to produce the plastic guns on their own, though a judge previously barred Defense Distributed from uploading blueprints for the firearms online.