A 40-year-old Vacaville attorney, a Georgetown University Law Center graduate active in the Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, has been charged with multiple allegations of sex crimes against several youths and cruelty to a child.
James Glenn Haskell, an attorney with the Reynolds Law firm in Vacaville and Fairfield, appeared in Department 23 Tuesday morning for a readiness conference in the Justice Center in Fairfield.
He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on 13 counts, 10 felonies and three misdemeanors, at 10 a.m. Friday, but Haskell waived his rights as his defense attorney, Thomas Maas of Fairfield, sat at his side.
Solano County Superior Court Judge John B. Ellis then set another readiness conference and the setting of a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. June 21.
After the brief proceeding, the defendant quickly left the courthouse.
Court records show that Haskell — a Brigham Young University graduate, member of the California and District of Columbia bar associations, and an Eagle Scout, according to biographical information at the Reynolds office website — was arrested by Solano County Sheriff’s deputies on a warrant issued May 3.
He posted $170,000 bail on May 4, but court records also show that he appeared to be arrested again, on May 5, when he posted additional bail of $70,000, bringing the total to $240,000.
On May 4, Haskell also was subject to a criminal protective order, to have no contact with four youths listed in the order.
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed its complaint on May 3, and the following day at arraignment Haskell pleaded not guilty to all counts, denied all enhancements and the allegations, court documents indicate.
Deputy District Attorney Shelly Moore leads the prosecution.
The charging document shows that Haskell faces the following felonies: two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object on a victim who was unconscious at the time; one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object on a person under 16 years of age; one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object on a person under 18; three counts of assault likely to produce great bodily injury; three counts of corporal injury to a child.
Haskell also faces three counts of cruelty to a child by inflicting injury, misdemeanors, but one of them, according to the complaint, notes it occurred on a 10-year-old child, deeming it “unjustifiable” physical pain and mental suffering by pushing the child to the ground and kicking the child.
If convicted at trial, Haskell almost certainly will receive a lengthy prison sentence and be required to register as a sex offender.
On the Reynolds Law website, Haskell is deemed a certified specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law, authorized to advise on business formation matters, partnerships, nonprofits, corporations, drafting and reviewing contracts, wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney. His clients, according to the website, include ranchers and farmers, local teachers, law enforcement officers, real estate developers and agents, manufacturers, professionals and retirees.
Haskell was raised in California but also lived in Alaska, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Washington, D.C. Before attending law school, he worked at the U.S. Senate and at his grandfather’s cattle and grain exporting business in Southern California.
During law school, he worked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, serving as a judicial extern, or researcher and writer, for Judge Anthony J. Battaglia and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
While volunteering for the Boys Scouts of America, Haskell served as a Scoutmaster and commissioner. Besides his memberships in Rotary and the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, he is a member of Will C. Wood’s Pep Squad and the Play 4 All Park, among many other nonprofits.