Cody Wilson, a leading proponent of 3-D printed guns, has been arrested in Taiwan after being charged in Texas with sexually assaulting a 16-year old girl there, Taiwanese officials said on Friday.
Police in the Wanhua district of Taipei arrested Mr. Wilson and delivered him to the National Immigration Agency, according to officials in the city.
The police in Austin, Tex., had said on Wednesday that Mr. Wilson had failed to board a flight back the United States from Taipei, and that they had asked the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force for help locating him.
Mr. Wilson, 30, is accused of taking a girl he met via the website SugarDaddyMeet.com to a hotel in Austin on Aug. 15, having sex with her and paying her $500 in cash, according to an affidavit filed in Travis County on Wednesday.
Before leaving for Taiwan, he had been told by a friend of the girl that he was under investigation for assault, the Austin police said Wednesday.
[Read more about Cody Wilson and the debate over downloadable guns]
Mr. Wilson’s plans to upload blueprints for 3-D printed guns online drew national attention over the summer. Gun rights supporters and free speech groups supported his efforts, while gun control activists raised concerns that downloadable firearms would endanger public safety.
Last month, a federal judge barred Mr. Wilson, a self-described crypto-anarchist, from carrying out his plan until a lawsuit filed by attorneys general from 19 states and Washington, D.C., was resolved. In response, Mr. Wilson said he would sell the files and mail them to buyers instead of making them freely available online.
[Read more: Blocked From Posting Printable Gun Plans, Activist Will Mail Them Instead]
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