“Dr. Maynard denies all the charges in the indictment. He will do so formally at a hearing next week,” his attorney, Hannah Labaree, told CNN in an email.
The fires were set in the vicinity of the Dixie Fire and some of the fires were set behind the firefighters working to stop that fire, according to prosecutors in the Eastern District of California.
Maynard was arrested on August 7 and is being held at the Sacramento County Jail. CNN has reached out to his attorney for comment.
Maynard was also an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University in its sociology department from September 2019 to December 2020, a spokesperson at that school confirmed to CNN.
If convicted, Maynard faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of arson, according to the release.