Prominent Bay Area tech exec cleared of child-sex chargesadmin
A prominent San Francisco tech executive is lamenting the toll child-sex-abuse charges against him took on him and his family, but he’s celebrating a judge’s decision to throw out the case.
Zain Jaffer, former CEO of San Francisco mobile video-advertising startup Vungle, was charged in October with felony assault, sexual abuse of a child, and battery against police and emergency workers while allegedly resisting arrest. The criminal case reportedly revolved around an alleged attack and sexual assault against Jaffer’s son, 3, and harm to his one-year-old daughter.
On Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court, a judge threw out the case.
“Being wrongfully accused of these crimes has been a terrible experience, which has had a deep and lasting impact on my family and the employees of my business,” Jaffer said in a press release.
“Those closest to me knew I was innocent and were confident that all of the charges against me would eventually be dismissed.”
Vungle employs about 200 people and generates about $300 million in annual revenue, SFGate has reported.
After Jaffer was charged, Vungle ousted him as CEO. It was unclear in the immediate aftermath of the charges being thrown out whether Jaffer would return to a position in the company.