Static-X have split with guitarist Tripp Eisen following reports that Eisen was arrested by authorities in two states on charges that include kidnapping, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child (read story on UG).
The charges stem from two separate incidents involving sexual relations with minors, reports Blabbermouth.net. The group's official statement reads, in part, "Static-X has parted ways with guitarist Tripp Eisen, effective immediately. 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. Static-X is in the studio putting the finishing touches on its fourth Warner Bros. album, scheduled to be released in May. The band will tour this summer in support of the record."
has been in police custody since his February 24 arrest, but was scheduled to appear in Central Justice Center Court in Santa Ana, California, on Monday afternoon (February 28), according to MTV.com
. It's expected the guitarist will remain in police custody in California until he's cleared for extradition to New Jersey.