Taiwan – -(AmmoLand.com)- Taiwanese authorities have arrested and jailed Cody Wilson the owner of a Defense Distributed the Texas company that sells the data files for printable 3-D-printed guns.
Cody Wilson is suspected of having sex with a 16-year-old Texas minor that he met through an online dating website.
The Taiwan National Immigration Agency said Cody Wilson was arrested Friday, September 19th, 2018, at a Taipei hotel after the U.S. government voided his passport.
Taiwanese immigration officials now are negotiating with the American embassy in Taipei on how to proceed on deporting Wilson to the United States, a spokesman for the local immigration agency said.
Because Cody Wilson’s U.S. passport is now invalid, he has no legal basis to stay in Taiwan under local laws, the agency said in a statement.
Washington and Taipei do not have an extradition treaty that would facilitate a deportation, but the two governments do cooperate on security issues, and U.S. relations with Taiwan have improved under President Trump.
“Our agency will coordinate with the American Institute in Taiwan [acting as U.S. embassy] to arrange for the travel documents to be issued as soon as possible and arrange for his return to his country as soon as possible in an appropriate manner,” the Taiwanese agency statement said.
Texas police began investigating Wilson on Aug. 22nd, 2018, shortly after the 16-year-old accuser’s counselor tipped them off about the alleged sexual assault. Wilson had just filed multiple lawsuits against two (2) state Governors and three (3) state attorney Generals over public access to 3d data files. Lawyers representing those cases do not believe this separate charge will have any deterrent effect on how these cases proceed.
Investigators said Wilson left the country shortly after a friend informed him that the victim had spoken to police. Cody Wilson faces a potential 20-year prison sentence if convicted.