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CEO of $300m-a-year ad upstart Vungle cuffed for allegedly sexually abusing toddler son

Oct 20, 2017

Zain Jaffer during his Mediaroots days in London, UK ... Source: YouTube The cofounder of a San Francisco video advertising upstart has been arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting and sexually abusing his three-year-old son. 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. He was being held at the Maple St Correctional Center, and was removed from his position at Vungle on Thursday. According to the sheriff's department, Jaffer faces one count of child abuse, a lewd act upon a child, oral copulation of a person under 10, and assault with intent to cause great bodily harm. All are felonies. He faced an attempted murder charge a few hours ago, but that was dropped after prosecutors felt they didn't have enough evidence to prove he tried to kill his son. Jaffer, who often appeared on TV and in the news and at conferences to speak about the online advertising world, also faces one misdemeanor charge of battery upon an officer and emergency personnel. In a statement, Vungle said it has no information on the case beyond the public record, and is "shocked beyond words." “These are extremely serious allegations," the biz stated. “While these are only preliminary charges, they are obviously so serious that it led to the immediate removal of Mr Jaffer from any operational responsibility at the company. The company stressed that these issues had nothing to do with his former role at the company.” The sheriff's department said Jaffer is next due in court on November 1. His lawyer, Daniel Olmos, said his client denies the charges. Jaffer founded Vungle, a 200-person outfit, in 2011. He studied at the University of London and London Business School and in the UK, attended university in Silicon Valley, and led two other tech firms: Mediaroots and CyberPlanet. Vungle had bagged about $25m in funding to date. ®

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