Ex-STATIC-X and DOPE guitarist Trip iron says he has “accepted responsibility” for his role in two separate incidents involving sexual relations with minors.
To demand – whose real name is Tod Rex Salvador – was arrested in late February 2005 in Orange County, California. The then 39-year-old musician allegedly met a 14-year-old girl from Sayreville, New Jersey on the Internet, drove from Pennsylvania to meet her on January 7, 2005, and assaulted her at a mall in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The girl’s mother discovered the incident and alerted the police.
In a separate incident To demand was arrested on February 10, 2005 on one charge against children. Authorities from the Orange County (California) sheriff’s department found the musician sleeping in a parked car with an underage woman he had just had sexual intercourse with, according to Bergen, New Jersey’s The record.
To demand accepted a plea in California for “having oral sex with a person under the age of fourteen and more than ten years his junior,” stemming from the Orange County arrest. He was released on parole from the Mid-State Correctional Facility and was released on April 17, 2007 after serving time for the January 2005 incident. Eighteen months later — in December 2008 — To demand was sent back to prison for violating parole and was released the following year.
To demand reflected on his arrest and subsequent jail time in a new interview with “The Chuck Shute Podcast”. Regarding his decision to accept a plea deal, he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was like you wouldn’t fight it. You get a plea. You accept responsibility. I accepted responsibility and 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 court.’ Never – [it was] never a consideration.”
Requested by host Chuck Shute if those were the only two incidents he was involved in or if there were other similar situations for which he was never caught, tripp said, “This is all I know. 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 really know what the consequences are until you’re held accountable.”
He continued: “I don’t want to offend anyone else, but there’s a lot of irresponsible behavior going on. It’s a culture. What happened to me is something that may or may not be commonplace in the music industry. People have told stories, we all hear the stories of your idols back in the day – LEAD ZEPPELIN, KISS, MOTLEY CRUE, SEND, POISON – all these crazy stories. I’m sure a lot of irresponsible behavior happened. And all you can do is pick up the pieces when things happen. Like what happened to me, I was held accountable. Speculating about it is… I can safely speculate about it. Yeah, maybe other things that happened to other people… I don’t know. They are just bad decisions. And you try to overcome it.”
To demand added: “I accepted responsibility. I’ve talked about it. It’s something that’s not admirable. It’s embarrassing and it’s something I regret. I’m very sorry. I’ve been through a lot of therapy and counseling. I I understand the motivations. I understand the way I thought. 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 someone to say, ‘You have to be careful. ‘ And that’s what I’ve been told by all sorts of people: “Hey, you should have been paying more attention. You should have known people, their ages and things like that.” “I was a teenager; I should have known better. It’s as simple as that. But maybe I’m seeking forgiveness, and that you can give someone a second chance and that you can learn from your mistakes and never make them again.”
tripp also reflected on the time he spent in prison, saying, “You try to see the good in different things and you make the most of it. When you’re lost in the wilderness or doing whatever you find yourself in an intolerable situation “You make the best of it and you go into survival mode. And I’m shocked that I survived because I feel like a wimp. I don’t know how I survived gangs and all those different things. There are murderers and gang members; it’s scary stuff.”
Asked how he was treated by other inmates, especially given that child molesters are at risk of being killed and abused in prison, tripp said, “You can [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 might beat or kill people on certain charges, they were understanding. They said, ‘Listen, that’s not… You’re not a child molester. You must know the ages of girls. That’s not harassing a child.’ So, people in gangs who would normally assault you or kill you or whatever, for some reason – maybe I’m stupid – but I said, ‘Let me just be honest.’ And oddly enough, they had empathy for me. I mean hardcore skinhead gang members. It was scary. I was like, ‘I’m just going to tell them. Whatever. See what happens.’ And because I was open and they respected me in some weird way… I don’t agree with people with swastikas on their arms. I was like, ‘If they want to do something, they’re going to do something. What are you going to do?’ So I was honest and they respected that. And they said, ‘We wouldn’t bother you with that. You just have to be careful.’ And I’ve had detectives and different people in different situations — like real cops, detectives, court officers — ask me questions, “What’s in store for you?” And I’d tell them, and they’d say, ‘Oh. Yes, you have to be careful these days.’
‘So I understand. I took responsibility,’ he repeated. “It’s something that’s embarrassing, and it’s a horrible mistake. But I was in facilities with people doing horrible, horrible, horrible things. So I’m like ‘Pff, thank God. I just got this little bit to do here and I’ll get on with my life.’ So you count your blessings and you have to recover from them.”
tripp joined STATIC-X in 1999 and recorded three albums with the platinum selling band.
To demand is currently a member of an industrial rock band called FACE WITHOUT FEARin which he is accompanied by Reg S. on bass, Kenny “Mantis” Hoyt (CRUSHABLE) on vocals, TJ Cook (METHOD) on drums and Dante on guitar.