The Taiwanese news agency said the island's immigration department would make arrangements for Wilson to return to the U.S.as soon as possible. He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cody Wilson, 30, was taken to immigration authorities in the capital by officers from Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to local media reports and an official from the bureau who asked not to be named.
While Taiwan has no formal extradition treaty with the US, and Wilson was not said to have been doing anything directly criminal in Taiwan, the press there reports that he was arrested without incident because the USA had revoked his passport, making his mere presence in Taiwan illegal.
A Texan running a 3-D printed guns company who flew to Taiwan as police investigated an accusation he had sex with an underage girl was detained in Taipei on Friday and ordered to leave the island after his USA passport was annulled, officials said.
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On Sept. 19, Wilson was charged with sexual assault in Texas, where he is based, after he was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl and subsequently paying her $500.
The alleged victim, who has not been named, said that she had been paid $500 to have sex with the man in a hotel and that she had met the man, who used the name 'Sanjuro, ' through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com, CBS Austin reported. He later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities. A counselor for the teenager reported the accusation to Austin police a week later, according to the affidavit. The crime is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Over the summer, however, a federal judge temporarily stopped him from putting gun blueprints online and in August, a federal judge in Seattle extended the injunction, after a coalition of states and the District of Columbia said making plastic weapons available would create a public safety issue.
Before leaving the United States, Wilson was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police, they said.