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Tripp Eisen Says He Feels “Shocked” He Survived His Time In Prison For His Past Sex Offenses


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Former Static-X/Dope/Murderdolls guitarist Tripp Eisen recently spoke about his past criminal behavior and the time he served in prison for it. You likely recall that Eisen (aka Tod Rex Salvador) was sentenced to prison time in 2005 after pleading guilty to conducting sexual relationships with two separate minors, one being younger than fourteen-years-old.

The then 39-year-old was first arrested in California on February 10th of 2005. He went on to post $100,000 bail and was then arrested again in New Jersey on February 24th for a separate similar incident with another minor.

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An MTV report at the time (see here) stated that Eisen was allegedly posing as a lookalike of himself on a gothic music website at the time to meet up with the girls. His profile on that site at the time was said to have also expressed an interest in meeting people of ‘elementary’ education school levels.

While he initially faced charges that included the likes of kidnapping, sexual assault and more, he accepted a plea bargain that saw him convicted as a sex offender, admitting to ‘having oral sex with a person younger than fourteen years old and more than ten years younger than him.’ After being paroled from a year-long prison sentence, Eisen wound up incarcerated once again 2008 for a parole violation.

Recent years have seen Eisen attempt a comeback into the music world with a new band, while also issuing press releases regarding the recent developments of the bands he previously played with (see here & here.)

In a new interview with ‘The Chuck Shute Podcast‘, Eisen commented of his state of mind at the time of accepting the plea bargain:

“It was, like, you’re not gonna fight it. You get a plea bargain. You accept responsibility. I accepted responsibility and I just did what I had to do. I made a mistake and I have to pay the price for it. And there was never, like, ‘Oh, let’s go to trial.’ Never — [it was] never a consideration.”

Pressed for whether or not the two incidents were isolated behavior, he responded:

“This is all I know about. It was an incident. What happens in rock and roll, you make mistakes and you do things that are irresponsible. So I did something irresponsible. A lot of people do a lot of different things, you don’t know what the consequences are, really, till you get held accountable.

I don’t wanna cast any aspersions of anybody else, but there’s a lot of irresponsible behavior going on. It’s a culture. What happened with me is something that may or may not be commonplace in the music industry. People have told stories, we all hear the stories about your idols back in the day — Led Zeppelin, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Poison — all these crazy stories. I’m sure there’s a lot of irresponsible behavior that went on.

And all you can do is pick up the pieces when things happen. Like what happened to me, I was held accountable. To speculate on it is… I’m comfortable speculating on it. Yeah, maybe other things that happened with other people… I don’t know. It’s just bad decisions. And you try to overcome it.”

He added:

“I accepted responsibility. I’ve talked about it. It is something that’s not admirable. It’s shameful and it’s something that I regret. I feel a lot of remorse. I’ve been through a lot of therapy and counseling. I understand the motivations. I understand the way I was thinking. It’s called thinking errors, cognitive distortions. And you understand where you were at the time and things like that.

So, if it can help anybody to say, ‘You’ve gotta be careful.’ And I’ve been told that by all kinds of people: ‘Hey, you should have been more careful. You should know about people, about their age and things like that.’ I was a teenager; I should have known better. It’s that simple. But I look for forgiveness, maybe, and that you can give somebody a second chance and that you can learn from your mistakes and not ever make ’em again.”

Speaking later about his time in prison, he offered:

“You try to see good in different things and you make the most of it. If you’re lost out in the wilderness or you do whatever, you’re in some unbearable situation, you make the most of it and you go in survival mode. And I’m shocked I survived because I feel like I’m a wuss. I don’t know how I survived gangs and all these different things. There are murderers and gang members; it’s scary stuff.”

When asked how the other prisoners treated him, given the nature of his crimes, Eisen offered:

“It can be [like that]. But if you’re honest about it, you defuse it. And I was in a situation where I was just honest about it. And people who would maybe beat or murder people of certain charges, they were understanding. They said, ‘Listen, that’s not… You’re not a child molester. You’ve gotta know girls’ ages. That’s not molesting a child.’

So, people in gangs that would normally rough you up or kill you or whatever, for some reason — maybe I’m stupid — but I said, ‘Let me just be honest.’ And they had empathy for me, weirdly enough. I mean, hardcore skinhead gang members. It was scary. I was just, like, ‘I’m just gonna tell ’em. Whatever. See what happens.’

And because I was upfront and they respected me in some weird way… I don’t agree with people with swastikas on their arms. I was just, like, ‘If they wanna do something, they’re gonna do something. What are you gonna do?’ So I was honest, and they respected that. And they said, ‘We wouldn’t harass you about that. You’ve just gotta be careful.’ And I’ve had corrections officers and different people in different situations — like actual police, corrections officers, officers of the court — ask me questions, ‘What are you in for?’ And I’d tell ’em, and they’d go, ‘Oh. Yeah, you’ve gotta be careful these days.’

So, I understand. I took responsibility. “It’s a thing that’s shameful, and it’s a terrible mistake. But I was in facilities with people that did horrible, horrible, horrible things. So I’m, like, ‘Phew, thank God. I’ve just got this little bit to do here and I’m gonna get on with my life.’ So, you count your blessings, and you’ve gotta recover from it.”

In the wake of his arrest, Eisen was ejected from the bands he was involved in at the time. Eisen‘s repeated public attempts to reconcile with his former bandmates in Static-X in recent years saw him draw the wrath of another ex-bandmate, Dope vocalist Edsel Dope.

Edsel publicly called out Eisen, calling him a “2 time CONVICTED sex offender piece of shit!” he didn’t stop there, further offering, “You will always be known as that 40 year old creepy guy with “LEE PRESS ON” dreads, who targeted underage fan girls for sex.”

Eisen himself most recently complained of being a victim of cancel culture after being omitted from the recent controversial resurrection of the Murderdolls

[via Blabbermouth.net]

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