3D-printed gun-maker Wil­son back in U.S.

He was ar­rested in Tai­wan af­ter sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

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Cody Wil­son, the Aus tin­man who cre­ated de­sig n s for an un­trace­able 3D-printed gun and has fought the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in court for years to pub­lish the in­struc­tions on­line, was brought back to the U.S. and was ex­pected to re­turn to Austin on Sun­day evenin ga fter be­ing ar­rested in Tai- wan on sex­ual as­sault charges.

Wil­son, 30, was booked into the Har­ris County Jail in Hous­ton, where he has been turned over to state au­thor­i­ties to be­gin ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ings. His bail was set at $150,000. It wasn’t clear Sun­day whether he had an at­tor­ney yet.

Wil­son was ar­rested at a ho­tel in the Wan­hua District of Taipe ion

Fri­day by Tai­wanese po­lice as­sisted by the U.S. State Depart­ment Diplo­matic Se­cu­rity Ser­vice, the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice said in a state­ment.

“This was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort that demon­strates the ded­i­ca­tion of lo­cal, state, fed­eral and in­ter­na­tional of­fi­cials work­ing to­gether to bring this fugi­tive to jus­tice,” said Su­san Pamer­leau, U.S. mar­shal for the West­ern District of Texas.

Austin po­lice got an ar­rest war­rant for Wil­son for sex­ual as­sault af­ter a coun­selor con­tacted au­thor­i­ties on Aug. 22 and said a 16-year-old girl had told her she had sex with Wil­son af­ter meet­ing him through the dat­ing web­site Su­garDad­dyMeet.com.

Au­thor­i­ties have said Wil­son and the girl met at a cof­fee shop in South Austin be­fore go­ing to a North Austin ho­tel.

The girl told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Wil­son paid her $500 af­ter they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restau­rant.

Po­lice say he flew to Tai­wan af­ter learn­ing he was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Wil­son is the owner of De­fense Dis­trib­uted, the com­pany through which he sells the de­signs for his 3D-printed gun, dubbed the Lib­er­a­tor. Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials worry that the guns are easy to con­ceal and are un­trace­able since there’s no re­quire­ment for them to have se­rial num­bers. Gun in­dus­try ex­perts have said the printed guns are a mod­ern method of legally as­sem­bling a firearm at home with­out se­rial num­bers.

Nine­teen states and the District of Columbia had sued the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to dis­solve a set­tle­ment it reached with the com­pany over al­low­ing it to dis­sem­i­nate its de­signs. The law­suit by mostly Demo­cratic state at­tor­neys gen­eral ar­gued that such weapons could be used by crim­i­nals or ter­ror­ists.

A fed­eral court last month barred Wil­son from post­ing the de­signs on­line for free. He then be­gan sell­ing them for any amount of money to U.S. cus­tomers through his web­site.

Wil­son, a self-de­scribed “crypto-anar­chist,” has said “gov­ern­ments should live in fear of their cit­i­zenry.”

RALPH BAR­RERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATESMAN

Bail was set at $150,000 for Cody Wil­son, who faces sex­ual as­sault charges.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY THE U.S. MAR­SHALS SER­VICE

Cody Wil­son is es­corted by U.S. mar­shals af­ter his ar­rest in Tai­wan on sex­ual as­sault charges. He was brought back to the U.S. and was in the Har­ris County Jail on Sun­day.

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