Static-X's Eisen Guilty

Band's former guitarist admits to sex with minor, will serve at least one year

September 28, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Former Static-X and Dope guitarist Tripp Eisen has pled guilty to having oral sex with a minor and will serve one year in California State prison on that charge. On October 7th Eisen, born Tod Rex Salvador, will face another series of sex-related charges when arraigned before a trial judge in New Jersey.

According to Orange County Superior Court manager Gai Spickard, on June 24th Eisen accepted a plea bargain in California for "having oral sex with a person younger than fourteen years old and more than ten years younger than him," stemming from a February arrest. A date for his incarceration has yet to be set. At the time of his arrest, the guitarist posted $100,000 bail, but a woman then notified police that Eisen, posing as his own impersonator, had sexual intercourse with her fourteen-year-old daughter in January in an Old Bridge, New Jersey, parking lot. (An extradition charge filed by the State of New Jersey against Eisen was dismissed on September 19th.)

Eisen is currently being held in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in anticipation of his October 7th court date, according to state judiciary director of communications Winnie Comfort. He was indicted by a grand jury in June on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, enticing a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

At the time of Eisen's arrests, Static-X were recording Start a War. The band enlisted its former guitarist, Koichi Fukuda, as Eisen's replacement, and released the album in June.

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