Tech Exec Arrested on Child Rape Charges

Zain Jaffer was exiled from his company after being booked on several charges, including oral copulation of a person under 14

A San Francisco tech exec has been fired from his company after he was arrested earlier this week on charges of child rape and assault with a deadly weapon.

Zain Jaffer, 29, founder and now ex-CEO of Vungle, a mobile-app video platform, was arrested on Tuesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s website. He was booked on charges of attempted murder, oral copulation of a person under 14, child abuse, a lewd act on a child, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery upon an officer and emergency personnel.

The attempted murder charger has since been dropped by San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe due to a lack of evidence, according to SF Gate.

Wagstaffe’s office did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Daniel Olmos, an attorney representing Jaffer, told SFGate that Jaffer pleaded not guilty and will not make any public statements.

Vungle confirmed Jaffer’s ousting in a issued Friday afternoon.

“We are aware of the extremely serious allegations leveled against our former CEO, and we are shocked beyond words,” the statement said. “While these are only preliminary charges and are completely unrelated to his former role at the company, they are obviously so serious that it led to his immediate removal.”

“Everyone at the company is shocked and saddened by these events, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected,” it continued.

Chief Operating Officer Rick Tallman was appointed new CEO by the company’s board on Thursday. Vungle was founded by Jaffer in 2011, and has about 200 employees; it’s raised about $25 million, according to Crunchbase.

Jaffer is being held at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, California. He’ll appear in court on Nov. 1.