STATIC-X Guitarist Is Believed To Have Met Teenage Victim Via Online Singles Community

STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen (real name Tod Rex Salvador) is believed to have met the 14-year-old Sayreville, New Jersey girl he is accused of sexually assaulting in January on the web site FetischMusic.com (via their "Find-a-Freek" online singles community), where he used the screen name "groverygodadat" under the heading "never married male looking for female." He listed himself as a Republican and the holder of a doctorate. In the section listing the acceptable education level of people he wished to meet, he wrote, "Elementary, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate." Under "my favorite music," he listed "Classic Rock n' Roll, Gothic/Industrial, Hard Rock & Metal, Metal (Dark), Pop/Top 40, Soundtracks, Other." View the FetischMusic.com profile that is believed to have been created by Tripp at this location (note date of last login as Feb. 23 — one day prior to Tripp's most recent arrest; the profile was last updated on December 17, 2004).

Salvador started exchanging e-mails with the Sayreville girl in October 2004, Lt. Kevin Rehmann of the New Jersey State Police told the Courier News. He told the girl he was "T-Rex" and he liked to impersonate the guitarist for the heavy metal band they both liked, STATIC-X, authorities said.

"He tells the girl he's a fan of the band and portrays himself to look like the guitarist in (STATIC-X)," Rehmann said.

He drove to Old Bridge on Jan. 7 from Pen Argyl, Pa., in a white Ford pickup truck belonging to a Pennsylvania relative, said Lt. Robert Weiss of the Old Bridge Police Department. Salvador, who once lived in New Jersey, was back in Pennsylvania from the West Coast on an extended holiday visit.

He drove the Sayreville girl around for a while and then had consensual sex with her in the truck in the parking lot of the shopping center, Weiss told the Courier News.

The girl's mother found out about the assault and went to Old Bridge Detective Thomas Montagna, who started the investigation, Weiss said.

Salvador was apprehended Thursday (Feb. 24) in Orange County, Calif. by two detectives from New Jersey, authorities said. [see Salvador's Feb. 24 arrest log at this location.]

Salvador, of Burbank, Calif., was charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, luring to entice a minor through the Internet and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the kidnapping charge alone.

When Det. Scott Crocco of the Old Bridge Police Department and Det. Sgt. David Jones of the state police encountered Salvador, he had just gotten out of jail.

Police in California arrested Salvador on Feb. 10 after finding him sleeping in a parked car with a girl with whom he had just had sexual intercourse, said Jon Fleischman of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. [see Salvador's Feb. 10 arrest log at this location.]

Salvador was charged with committing a lewd act with a child and was released on Feb. 10 after posting $100,000 bail, Fleischman said.

Following his arrest Thursday technically on a fugitive warrant from New Jersey, Salvador was turned over to the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. He is being held there without bail while he awaits extradition to New Jersey, authorities said.

Salvador, of Burbank, Calif., was charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, luring to entice a minor through the Internet and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the kidnapping charge alone.

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