San Mateo County law enforcement officials arrested the CEO of a mobile advertising startup in San Francisco for allegedly sexually assaulting a child and for attempted murder. Officials later dropped the charge for attempted murder due to a lack of evidence.
Authorities initially booked 29-year-old Zain Jaffer, the CEO of Vungle, for felony charges of “attempted murder, a lewd act on a child, oral copulation of a person under 14, child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge for battery upon an officer and emergency personnel,” Axios reported.
Jaffer is alleged to have sexually abused his three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, Forbes noted.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said that police arrested Jaffer at his home in Hillsborough in the early morning hours on October 15 after Jaffer’s father called the police. When police arrived, they allegedly found Jaffer engaged in “illegal contact” with his son and daughter.
Vungle’s COO Rick Tallman issued the following statement after learning about Jaffer’s arrest:
We are aware of the extremely serious allegations leveled against our former CEO, and we are shocked beyond words. While these charges are completely unrelated to his former role at the company, they are obviously so serious that it led to his immediate removal.
We learned of the allegations late Monday night, and convened a board meeting, removed him as CEO and I was appointed permanent CEO all within 24 hours. He did not step down for personal reasons as has been erroneously reported. We removed him as rapidly as possible.
The actions of one individual are in no way reflective of the almost 200 dedicated and hard-working people who work for Vungle. Everyone at the company is appalled and deeply saddened by these events.
Jaffer is in custody at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, California where he awaits his next court date on November 1.