The man at the center of the controversy over 3D-printed guns was arrested Friday in Taiwan after being accused of having sex with an underage girl in Texas, according to CBS News. Austin police are now working with worldwide law enforcement agencies to extradite Wilson back to Travis County for prosecution.
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.
According to Apple Daily, Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) says that Wilson arrived in the country on September 6th on EVA Air Flight BR11, telling the Agency that he was in the country for business.
Wilson is identified in the affidavit as the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed.
The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police.
According to the affidavit for arrest, Wilson courted the 16-year-old victim on a dating website designed for successful men to meet younger women. 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.
Wilson's Texas driver's license picture also matched the "Sanjuro" profile image on SugarDaddyMeet.com, police said. Police said they were able to corroborate the teen's claims through interviews and surveillance footage.
Taiwan does not have an extradition treaty with the USA, but local police have nevertheless cooperated with authorities in the U.S.to arrest Wilson, and - according to translated reports from Taiwanese media - potentially deport him to his home country.
Wilson owns the company Defense Distributed, which makes blueprints for untraceable 3D printed guns. He paid her $500 for sex.
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. After a federal court barred Wilson from posting the printable gun blueprints online for free last month, he announced he had begun selling them for any amount of money to USA customers through his website. A federal judge blocked Wilson from publishing the blueprints online.