San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is talking more about the Zain Jaffer former Vungle executive found by police straddling his 3 year old son while fully naked in the backyard of his Hillsborough home at 4:00AM. Now 17 days after the entire case was dismissed without a preliminary hearing or any witnesses testifying under oath, Mr. Wagstaffe feels he has not done enough to satisfy Mr. Jaffer. Here is his latest PR statement to SFGATE, he did not send this to me co-owner of San Mateo County News. Note: Mr. Wagstaffe has refused to identify the alleged prescription medications that caused Mr. Jaffer to be Not Conscious while assaulting several people, resulting in 7 F’s & 1M charge. The DA’s Office quickly eliminated one felony charge of Attempted Murder.
The Charges that remained up until July 2, 2018:
Charge #1 Attempted Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration with a Child 10 years of age or younger. PC 664.288.7(b) Felony
Charge #2 Forcible Lewd Act Upon Child, PC288 (b) Felony
Charge #3 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony
Charge #4 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony
Charge #5 Child Abuse, PC 273 (A) Felony
Charge #6 Child Abuse PC 273 (A) Felony
Charge # 7 Battery Upon a Peace Officer & Designated Person, PC 243 (b) Misdemeanor
EDITOR’S NOTE: After the publication of this story, officials at the San Mateo County district attorney’s office said they wanted to clarify that “we do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication.”
Here is the complete e-mail from DA Steve Wagstaffe to SFGATE
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From: Steve Wagstaffe <email@example.com>Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:26 AM
To: “Stone, Erin” <Erin.Stone@sfchronicle.com>Cc: Karen Guidotti <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: Zainali Jaffer Case
On another and unrelated topic, I wanted to request a correction of a statement made by one of my prosecutors, Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho, on the Zainali Jaffer case in your article on July 3, 2018 discussing the reasons for the dismissal of the case. You did not misquote her at all, but her statement has been misconstrued by some in the community. This is my requested correction.
The earlier quotes by Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho appear to have been misinterpreted by some. We wish to clarify that we do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication.
Thank you for your consideration of this correction. Steve
The FDA should issue a National Warning if the above statement is true.
Question to think about, Why would the District Attorney’s Office feel the need or obligation to clarify anything for Mr. Jaffer? He was facing life in prison if found guilty of the 7 felony counts. Steve Wagstaffe solved that for him.
Question? Steve Wagstaffe says “we do not believe.” That is why we have Juries, what did the evidence prove? If you didn’t believe it why did you charge him in the first place?
What could have possibly happened from October 15, 2017 to July 2, 2018 to cause this entire criminal case to simply disappear? And now 17 days later Steve Wagstaffe feels some pressure to make more public comments. What would cause that?
What about the 2 CHILDREN? CPS took them that morning, have they returned them because of Steve Wagstaffe’s actions?
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