Former Town Administrator’s Trial Set for Dec. 13 in Derry

A date has been set for the trial of John Anderson, former Derry Town Administrator, who is facing two misdemeanor charges for indecent exposure.
Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said this week that the trial will be Dec. 13 at 12:45 p.m. in Derry District Court.

Anderson, 50, is facing the charges after allegedly exposing himself to a door-to-door salesman July 11 at his home on Lane Road. He was placed on paid administrative leave by the Town Council the following day, placed on unpaid leave Aug. 22 and returned to paid leave for the last week of his contract, which terminated Oct. 26.
Anderson surrendered to authorities Aug. 27 and is free on $2,000 personal recognizance. He was scheduled for arraignment Oct. 11 but waived arraignment. Anderson entered a plea of “not guilty.”
He is being charged with two counts of indecent exposure and lewdness, a misdemeanor under New Hampshire RSA 645:1. If found guilty, he faces a $1,000 fine and a maximum sentence of 12 months in the Rockingham County House of Correction, Brentwood.
Anderson’s attorney, James Rosenberg, of the Shaheen and Gordon law firm, said he did not know if the plaintiff would be in the courtroom that day, and added that was the purview of him and the prosecuting attorney.
Rosenberg said he expects that the trial will be open to the public. “All courtrooms in New Hampshire are open to the public, unless there’s a specific and compelling reason not to,” he said.
Anderson is in good spirits, he said, considering that the question posed by the state concerns something alleged to have happened “inside his private residence.” The accusation has had a “profound impact” on Anderson, Rosenberg said.
He added, “My client has full faith in the role of the court in justice being done. This is the appropriate place to vindicate his interests.”
Rosenberg said they haven’t decided if they will appeal, should the judge on Dec. 13 find Anderson guilty. “We are applying our energies to cooperating with the state and preparing for the district court trial,” he said. “We cross every legal bridge as we come to it.”

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