Ex-Derry town administrator found guilty of indecent exposure, lewdnessBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
August 22. 2014 7:09PM
BRENTWOOD — Derry’s former Town Administrator John Anderson was found guilty of indecent exposure and lewdness for appearing naked when a DirectTV salesman entered his home on July 11, 2013.
The conviction is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in county jail and a $2,000 fine.
Anderson will be sentenced Sept. 12 in 10th Circuit Court, Derry Division.
Judge Lucinda Sadler, who presided over the trial, issued her decision on Thursday after throwing out another count of indecent exposure at the close of the state’s case.
The salesman testified he went to Anderson’s home last July 11 to sell television services. He walked into the home and averted his eyes once he saw that Anderson was naked, according to prosecutors.
Anderson, 51, testified that he was naked because he used his underwear “to clean up spilled water just prior to letting the victim in the home,” prosecutors said.
Sadler said in her court order that she did not find Anderson’s testimony plausible, and that she did believe the victim. The salesman testified that once he was inside the home, Anderson began fondling himself.
Anderson said during his testimony that he went to a neighbor’s farm to take care of their animals after the victim left his residence.
To counter that testimony, Assistant County Attorney Kirsten Wilson played a recorded phone call Anderson made to the police department on the night that he exposed himself.
Anderson claimed during the call that he had been to dinner with a friend, according to prosecutors. Sadler said in her order that Anderson, “has every reason to try to slant his version of events and the court does not find that version very plausible.”
Anderson was put on paid administrative leave last July 12 and ultimately agreed to leave his job in October. He was paid a lump sum of $45,000 upon his departure, according to town records.