The chief executive officer of a Silicon Valley tech startup has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting his 3-year-old son and harming his 1-year-old daughter, AdAge reports.
Zain Jaffer, 29, of the advertising technology company Vungle, has been charged with two counts of child abuse, oral copulation of a person under 14, lewd acts on a child and assault likely to produce great bodily injury.
Jaffer also faces misdemeanor charges of battery on a police officer and emergency personnel for allegedly resisting arrest and spitting at a cop.
Prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge after determining there wasn’t adequate evidence to support it.
Jaffer’s father called authorities suspecting that his son was high on LSD, according to AdAge.
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.
Police subsequently arrested Jaffer around 4 a.m. on Oct. 15.
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His lawyer, Daniel Olmos, said Jaffer has pleaded not guilty. He is in jail pending $300,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court Nov. 1.
After word got out about Jaffer’s arrest, Vungle’s board of directors swiftly removed him from his executive post. In a statement, new CEO Rick Tallman said the board convened an emergency meeting and ousted Jaffer within 24 hours of learning about the allegations.
“The actions of one individual are in no way reflective of the almost 200 dedicated and hard-working people who work for Vungle,” Tallman said in a statement obtained by AdAge. “Everyone at the company is appalled and deeply saddened by these events.”
In 2012, Jaffer was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.