SF startup #CEO charged with #sexually #abusing 3-year-old son

Jaffer, 29, was charged with one count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, lewd act upon a child and oral copulation of a person under 14, all felonies, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said. He said the battery charge was for resisting arrest. 

Jaffer was charged as well with misdemeanor battery of emergency personnel and a law enforcement officer, reported a local news channel. His one-year-old daughter is also reportedly an alleged victim of the child abuse charge.

Prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge after determining there wasn’t adequate evidence to support it.

When officers arrived at the family’s home in Hillsborough, a wealthy suburb south of San Francisco, they found Jaffer allegedly having illegal contact with the children.

Zain Jaffer – the now-suspended chief executive of Vungle, a $300m-a-year mobile and in-app ad biz – was collared this week by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s department. Jaffer’s attorney Daniel Olmos told SFGate that his client has pleaded not guilty. The charges are “obviously so serious that it led to the immediate removal of Mr. Jaffer from any operational responsibility at the company”, the rep told VentureBeat.

The records said Jaffer is due in court on November 1.

“We are aware of the extremely serious allegations leveled against our former CEO, and we are shocked beyond words”, Tallman said in a statement.

The allegations were learned of late Monday and a board meeting was convened the following day, removed him and appointed Tallman as the new and permanent CEO. We removed him as rapidly as possible. Everyone, at Vungle is appalled as well as saddened by the events, he continued.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jaffer studied at King’s College London, London Business School and University College London and was previously CEO of Mediaroots and CyberPlanet.

Richard Rice, a spokesman for Vungle, confirmed Jaffer’s arrest and said the company’s board of directors has placed Vungle on an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons, he said.

Vungle is likely unfamiliar to most people, as it occupies the space in the technology sector that serves companies rather than directly providing a product to consumers.

Vungle has approximately 200 employees and generated $300 million in annual revenues, showed data received from an unnamed source in the company.

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