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Urban Airship CEO Kveton steps down after sexual assault investigation becomes public

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The CEO of Portland, Oregon-based push messaging outfit Urban Airship (see disclosure) has stepped down after being accused of sexual assault.

As revealed in The Oregonian a week ago, Scott Kveton has been under police investigation for 3 months after a former girlfriend said he had assaulted her multiple times in 2012 and 2013. On Tuesday, after the story was picked up by Valleywag, Kveton wrote a blog post entitled “Knowing when the time has come:”

“It hit me a few months ago that it was time for me to step aside. I met with our board of directors in June and told them I felt it was time to start looking for Urban Airship’s next CEO. They agreed, and we selected an executive search firm to start the process, which has been underway for a few weeks now … When the story about my personal situation was published last Wednesday, it became clear that my transition timing needed to accelerate.”

Urban Airship enables in-app and background push notifications for brands. It has raised almost $50 million from investors such as Intel(s intc) and Verizon(s v). Mike Temple, brought in as Urban Airship chief financial officer at the start of this year, is now also the acting CEO.

Disclosure: Urban Airship is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media.