October 11. 2013 9:50PM

Derry town administrator pleads not guilty to lewdness, indecent exposure

Union Leader Correspondent

DERRY — Town Administrator John Anderson has entered a plea of not guilty to charges he allegedly invited a DirecTV salesman into his home while in the nude and acted in an improper manner.

Acting through his attorney, James Rosenberg, Anderson entered the plea at Derry District Court as his arraignment, scheduled for Friday, had been waived.

"He entered a plea of not guilty," Rosenberg said. "Right now we are trying to size up the nature of the charges."

Anderson 50, is charged with lewdness and indecent exposure for allegedly inviting the salesman into his house on July 11 while in the nude and performing a sexual act on himself.

Following the alleged incident, the Derry Town Council voted in nonpublic session to stop paying Anderson, pending the outcome of a meeting with him.

After meeting last month with Anderson and his former attorney, Cornelius Sullivan, in a closed door session, the council took no action and voted to seal the minutes.

Larry Budreau, acting town administrator, said Friday that no decision had been reached in the matter.

"Status quo," Budreau said.

Rosenberg didn't comment as to why he was now representing Anderson in place of Sullivan.

County Attorney James Reams has said the state is confident with the charges and will move forward with its case against Anderson.

The case will now move to the trial phase; a date has not been set, according to court staff.