Lauren Matthew of New Jersey's Old Bridge Suburban has revealed more information about former STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen's arrest on charges that he sexually assaulted two minors, one of them a 14-year-old Sayreville girl in an Old Bridge parking lot.
Eisen, whose real name is Tod Rex Salvador, 39, was arrested Feb. 10 in California after he was found sleeping in a car with an "underage female," police said. He was charged with performing a "lewd act on a child" in the California case and was released on $100,000 bail.
On Feb. 24, detectives from Old Bridge Township apprehended Salvador in Orange County, Calif., on charges brought about after the mother of a Sayreville teen came to the police Jan. 13.
Police believe that Salvador met the 14-year-old Sayreville girl on the Internet, drove out from Pennsylvania to meet her, and sexually assaulted her in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on Route 9 in Old Bridge.
Old Bridge police charged Salvador with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, luring to entice a minor through the Internet and endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted on the kidnapping charge, Salvador could face up to 30 years in prison, police said.
Salvador, posing as a fan of STATIC-X and not a member, met the teenager in an online forum featured on Fetischmusic.com, police said. Under the user name "groveryodadata," Salvador listed himself as a "single, never married male looking for a female." [See Tripp's Fetischmusic.com profile at this location.]
Other notes in his profile indicated that he held a doctorate degree, worked in the entertainment-media-dramatic arts field and was looking for a woman with education in any range from elementary to doctoral.
Salvador presented himself in the forum as a 31-year-old impersonator of STATIC-X's guitarist, never indicating that he was actually part of the band, authorities said. He called himself "T-Rex."
Salvador and the girl had online conversations beginning in October, according to New Jersey State Police Lt. Kevin Rehmann. From there, the two made plans to meet on Jan. 7.
After having lunch at a fast-food restaurant on that date, police said, Salvador and the teen had "consensual" intercourse in his truck.
"She's 14," Rehmann said. "You're not allowed to do that."
After the girl's mother reported the matter to the police, an investigation was opened by Old Bridge Detective Thomas Montagna, and Detective Scott Crocco petitioned for a search warrant for the white Ford truck with STATIC-X stickers on the windows described by the Sayreville girl. The truck was found to have a Pennsylvania registration, police said, and was registered to a relative of Salvador's who resided in Pen Argyl, Pa. Salvador was reportedly visiting family there at the time of the alleged incident.
Old Bridge detectives also connected an America Online e-mail address with the AOL Instant Messenger name used by Salvador in chats with the teen, police said. A grand jury subpoena was issued and served to AOL in order to obtain subscriber information.
From this process, authorities gleaned a Jersey City address that belonged to Salvador's ex-girlfriend. The woman told police that Salvador was currently living in Burbank, Calif.
Crocco and Detective Michael Blahota drove to the Pen Argyl address and found the truck. Crocco and State Police Sgt. David Jones flew to California to arrest Salvador on a fugitive warrant.
"The state police got involved when we sent out a TRAK II message," said Lt. Robert Weiss. TRAK II is used in missing persons investigations, police said, and postings are monitored by state missing persons units. It is also used in the Amber Alert system, Weiss said.
"The state [police] helped make connections in California," Weiss added.
Rehmann said that authorities are investigating the possibility that Salvador was involved in illegal acts with other girls. Computers have been seized so that files can be searched, he said.
"Other information leads us to believe that there were other victims," Weiss said.
Currently, Salvador is being held in Orange County, awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
"He will be formally arraigned and charged after extradition," Rehmann said.
"It's very upsetting," Salvador's Los Angeles-based attorney, Mark Werksman, said of the charges Tuesday, noting that Salvador was in custody in Orange County on $500,000 bail.
"We think [the amount of the bail] represents an overreaction," he said.
Werksman said he could not specifically respond to the charges from Old Bridge police because he had not seen the appropriate documents.
"We really don't know enough about it," he said. "We have not received the police reports yet. There really is not much we can say until we learn the details of the accusations."
Werksman was expecting to appear in court Wednesday in an effort to have Salvador's bail reduced.