A U.S. Marshals wanted poster shows Cody Wilson, the Texas man at the center of the 3-D printed guns debate, who is wanted for alleged sex crimes involving a teen girl.
A lawyer for Wilson and representatives of the Austin Police Department were not immediately available for comment.
According to BuzzFeed News, Wilson had fled the US for Taiwan after the alleged victim's friend tipped him off to the police investigation into the incident, and had reportedly signed a six-month contract for an apartment one day prior to his arrest.
Austin police have said Wilson flew to Taiwan earlier this month after a friend told him officers were investigating an allegation by a 16-year-old girl who said she was paid $500 to have sex with him at a hotel in the Texas capital.
Wilson, at the center of a US legal battle over his plan to publish instructions for the manufacture of 3-D printed plastic guns, flew into Taiwan legally, the National Immigration Agency said on Friday. Liberty Times notes Wilson did not have any contraband on him at the time of the arrest, and he appeared calm when approached by authorities.
Although there's no extradition treaty between the USA and Taiwan, the American Institute of Taiwan moved to cancel Wilson's passport, meaning he'll no longer have a legal travel document, making deportation to the US possible, according to the news report.
Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed is interviewed by ABC News. The girl said that she'd met the man on SugarDaddyMeet.com and that he'd used the screen name "Sanjuro", according to police.
On August 22, police in Austin, Texas were told about the alleged incident by an adult "counselor".
Wilson owns the company Defense Distributed, which makes blueprints for untraceable 3D printed guns. The girl told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 after they had sex and then dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant.
The revelation that he had left the country led to a tense and confusing few days in which it was unclear whether police could get to him, since Taiwan doesn't have an extradition treaty with the U.S.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) last night (Sept. 20) announced that Wilson had signed a contract to rent a studio for half a year yesterday afternoon.