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August 22. 2013 4:54PM

Derry town administrator expected to be formally charged next week

BRENTWOOD – Derry town administrator John Anderson is expected to turn himself in next week to be formally charged with indecent exposure. Anderson is accused of calling a DirectTV salesman into his home last month and exposing himself.

Anderson, 50, is facing two counts of indecent exposure and lewdness for the July 11 episode at his Derry home at 8 Lane Road. He is accused of peppering the salesman with sexually explicit questions, then performing a sexual act on himself, according to court documents.

Anderson's first court appearance is expected to happen in 10th Circuit Court, Derry District Division.

But prosecutors are planning to ask that Anderson's case be transferred to superior court, where it could possibly be heard by a jury.

Reams confirmed last week that his office will ask a judge to move the case so that Anderson will not have a chance to appeal any decision from district court and essentially get a second trial.

The two charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Town councilors decided to stop paying Anderson Tuesday after their second non-public session about the administrator.

Anderson joined Derry in October 2010, drawing a weekly salary of $2,115.20, according to his contract.

Councilors have the option of firing Anderson "with cause" only if he is convicted of a felony – not a misdemeanor such as the one he is facing.

Acting town administrator Larry Budreau said Thursday the council is conducting its own investigation into Anderson's case and has decided to keep him on administrative leave until they meet with him in September.

Anderson asked to delay meeting with councilors because his lawyer was away on vacation, according to Budreau.

That request for a delay prompted councilors to stop paying Anderson, Budreau said.

Anderson has been on paid administrative leave since July 12, when the council first learned about the state police investigation, Budreau said. Anderson's contract is up for renewal at the end of October.

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