3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

Elias Hubbard
September 24, 2018

It was there he learned he would be charged with sexual assault relating to a warrant Travis County authorities put out for his arrest.

Wilson has been transported and booked into the Harris County Jail located in Houston, where he has been turned over to state authorities and will begin his judicial proceedings, with a bond set at $150,000.

While there, police said Wilson missed a scheduled flight back to the U.S.

Police have said they are aware Wilson travels often for business, but they don't know why he went to Taiwan. Police say he flew there after a friend of the 16-year-old girl told him that the police were investigating the accusation that he had sex with the girl. Wilson reportedly tried to pass himself off as an American student living in the city, and he even made an initial downpayment on a rental. Police said the two exchanged cell phone numbers and continued their conversations using the Apple iMessage service on her phone.

According to police paperwork, Wilson and the victim met face to face on the night of August 15 at a coffee shop on South Congress in Austin.

It was unclear whether Wilson had a criminal defense lawyer.

He was arrested Friday at a hotel in Taiwan by local police. Surveillance cameras captured the two using the valet service, in the lobby and in the elevator. He had missed another scheduled return flight to the USA, according to Commander Troy Officer with the Austin Police Department's Organized Crime Division. In his mind, they did their due diligence to make sure she was 18.

"Everything in a situation like this falls upon the individual who is attempting to have sex with a minor and that individual suffers very serious consequences, '" said Baird.

"It's human trafficking if force, fraud or coercion are used".

The age of consent in Texas is 17.

Last month a federal court banned Wilson from posting the designs for the 3D printed weapons online free of charge.

As the founder of Defense Distributed, Wilson became a notable figure in the US debate over guns after the company posted on the internet the blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3-D printer.

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