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Authorities are investigating whether Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, who is already facing accusations of sexually assaulting a New Jersey teen, may have targeted other underage girls online.Authorities are investigating whether Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, who is already facing accusations of sexually assaulting a New Jersey teen, may have targeted other underage girls online.
Eisen, whose real name is Tod Salvador, was charged Friday with aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and kidnapping, authorities said. Lt. Kevin Rehmann of the New Jersey State Police said investigators are looking into whether the 14-year-old Sayreville girl was the only teen Salvador met online.
"We've confiscated several computers to examine them to see if there are other victims," Rehmann told the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, N.J. "We suspect there may be in several other states."
Authorities said Salvador met the Sayreville girl over the Internet and told her he liked to impersonate the guitarist for Static-X.
He allegedly began exchanging e-mails with the girl in October, and then drove to Old Bridge in January from Pen Argyl, Pa., while he was on an extended holiday visit from the West Coast, authorities said. He is accused of sexually assaulting the teen in a truck parked in a shopping center parking lot.
Salvador also was arrested Feb. 10 in California after authorities there found him sleeping in a parked car with an underage girl. Salvador was charged in that case with committing a lewd act with a child.
In a statement, Static-X announced its was severing its ties with Salvador. "Static-X has parted ways with guitarist Tripp Eisen, effective immediately," the statement reads. "Tripp is currently dealing with personal issues that prohibit him from being able to fulfill his commitment to the band. No replacement has yet been chosen."
The band is finishing up work on its as yet-untitled next album for Warner Bros., due in May. A tour will follow this summer.
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