3-D Printed Gun Creator Arrested In Taiwan, Accused Of Sexual Assault

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018 6:00 PM
3-D Printed Gun Creator Arrested In Taiwan, Accused Of Sexual Assault

Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3-D printed gun, has been a long-standing legal battle over whether or not his company, Defense Distributed, can legally share blueprints with people around the world. Now, Wilson finds himself in a different kind of legal fiasco: this time he's being accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, The Statesman reported.

According to an Aug. 22 Austin police report, the 16-year-old and Wilson, 30, had sex on Aug. 15. During a forensic interview on Aug. 27, the girl said she met Wilson on SugarDaddyMeet.com. Wilson used the screen name “Sanjuro."

“During this conversation, ‘Sanjuro’ identified himself as ‘Cody Wilson.’ Victim said that ‘Sanjuro’ described himself to the victim as a ‘big deal,’” the affidavit said.

The girl had no idea who Wilson was and looked him up online, at which point she found recent articles about him and his company. 

The two ended up texting each other. Wilson allegedly sent the girl pictures of his penis and the girl sent him nude pictures in return. The two allegedly met up, had sex and Wilson allegedly paid the girl $500, an affidavit said.

Once the two were done, Wilson dropped the girl off at a nearby Whataburger fast food restaurant.

Police were able to corroborate the victim's story with numerous pieces of evidence. 

"The Austin Police Department's Digital Forensics Unit searched the victim's cellular phone and discovered two hyperlinked messages to SugarDaddyMeet.com. One of these hyperlinks contains the username 'Sanjuro' in the link. This indicates the messages connected to the hyperlink were sent by the victim and 'Sanjuro,'" the affidavit said. 

Police also compared Wilson's driver license picture to the profile picture on the dating website. The two pictures were a match. 

The victim provided the hotel room number to police, the same room number that was booked under Wilson's name. He was the only one on the room reservation.

Surveillance footage from the hotel showed Wilson and the victim heading towards the hotel room. 

Police also obtained surveillance footage from the Whataburger that showed the victim leaving the passenger side of a car that matches Wilson's.

Travis County, Texas issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest on Wednesday.

The Arrest

On Friday evening, Taiwanese authorities arrested Wilson in Taipei City’s Wanhua District, Taiwan News reported. Wilson arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 6.

Police in Taiwan began searching for Wilson once they learned he was wanted in the United States. 

A real estate agent saw a news report on TV. She alerted police about her recent interaction with him. He had come by to sign a six-month lease on a studio apartment.

"Wilson had paid the first month’s rent of NT$19,000 (US$620) and a deposit of NT$18,000 on Thursday afternoon, but he failed to turn up at the agreed time around Friday noon to take possession of the keys for the apartment, possibly aware that he had become a wanted man in Taiwan as well," Taiwan News reported.

The American Institute in Taiwan moved to cancel his passport, meaning he could be deported back to the United States, despite no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Taiwan.

According to Guns.com, Wilson went to Taiwan after the victim's friend tipped him off to an investigation into the sexual assault.