The 24-year-old Sheffield student is to sign a “deferred prosecution” agreement in the past and will travel to the US where it be ratified. He will also pay a small sum of compensation but will not face a trial.
Sir John Thomas, president of the Queen’s Bench Division and the third most senior judge in England and Wales, said the deal was a “very satisfactory outcome” to the long-running and highly controversial case.
More than 250,000 people signed a petition started in June by the Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, calling on the home secretary to block O’Dwyer’s extradition to the US on charges that could have carried a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, which pursued the case against him, claims his website earned more than $230,000 in advertising revenue before US authorities shut it down in 2010.