Judge dismisses abuse charges against start-up tech founder

A Northern California judge has dismissed criminal charges against the founder of a start-up tech company who was arrested and charged last year with assaulting and sexually abusing a toddler.

Zain Jaffer, the founder of mobile advertising company Vungle, said Monday that he was grateful to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office for taking a closer look at the evidence and requesting that the case be dismissed.

Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe said he sees the dismissal as evidence of the judicial system working as intended.

San Francisco-based Vungle removed Jaffer as its chief executive upon learning of the allegations at the time and placed him on indefinite leave.

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