AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man is accused of paying a 16-year-old girl $500 to have sex with him, according to an affidavit. 

Cody Rutledge Wilson, 30, faces a sexual assault charge, which is a second-degree felony. Wilson, who is not under arrest, is last known to have been in Taipei, Taiwan, Austin police said, noting he failed to board his return flight.

Wilson most recently made the news when his company, Defense Distributed, fought a federal lawsuit over online plans for 3D-printed guns

The girl told police the encounter happened at a hotel on Aug. 15 after she met Wilson on a “Sugar Daddy” meetup site. He reportedly described himself to the victim as a “big deal,” according to the affidavit.

They first met at a coffee shop around 8:09 p.m. and then went to a hotel, according to the affidavit. Surveillance video showed them leaving and arriving in a black Ford Edge SUV registered to Defense Distributed. Police also connected valet and hotel records to Wilson. 

Wilson allegedly gave the girl five $100 bills after they had sex, and dropped her off at a Whataburger. around 10 p.m. that night.

Wednesday afternoon, APD Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wilson left the country after he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken with officers and police were investigating him for an allegation of sex with a minor.

He left the country before police could interview him, the APD commander said. Investigators say Wilson did not take his return flight home to the states.

National and international law enforcement agencies are working to locate Wilson, including the U.S. Marshals Service.
    
“Our boots are on the ground running.,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla. “This is something where we will start with a local investigation where we do interviews, we do surveillance, we are out there.”

However, Filla says it’s a tedious process, and it could be a while before the search potentially makes it overseas.

“If an individual was outside of a country, there’s always a way to come back into the country,” Filla said.

Before asking foreign governments to get involved, Filla says says they will rule out Wilson being in the states. He says they would then pinpoint where he has connections that could be helping him abroad.

“Does he have the network to do it?” Filla asked, “Of course, I believe he does. But right now, we’re solely basing this investigation to look locally, talking to associates, family members, until they can give us guidance as to what direction to go next.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Capital Area Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS (8477).

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