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    SF Startup Founder Charged With Child Sex Abuse

    Prosecutors say the founder of a Northern California startup tech company was arrested and charged with assaulting and sexually abusing a toddler. Sergio Quintana reports.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017)

    UPDATE: A San Mateo County judge on July 2, 2018 dismissed all charges against Zain Jaffer.

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    Prosecutors say the founder of a Northern California startup tech company was arrested and charged with assaulting and sexually abusing a toddler.

    Zain Jaffer, the founder of mobile advertising company Vungle, was also charged with battery of a police officer and emergency personnel.

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    The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this week in San Mateo County. Jaffer remained in San Mateo County Jail Friday on $300,000 bail. His attorney Daniel Olmos declined to comment.

    San Francisco-based Vungle removed Jaffer as its chief executive Thursday and placed him on indefinite leave.

    Jaffer started Vungle in 2011 and the company employs about 200 people.