BRENTWOOD – Derry town administrator John Anderson was booked Wednesday afternoon by state police, accused of inviting a DirectTV salesman into his home while in the nude, then performing a sexual act on himself.
Anderson, 50, was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail pending his first court appearance in 10th Circuit Court, Derry District Division,on Oct. 11, according to county attorney James Reams.
At the arraignment, Anderson will be allowed to enter a formal plea in the case.
Reams said that Anderson appeared at State Police Barracks Troop A around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday alongside his attorney, Cornelius Sullivan.
The two charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Anderson, a former town manager from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, has remained on administrative leave since July 12 – a day after the incident at his home.
A DirectTV salesman told state police that he approached Anderson's home on July 11 and knocked on the door, but no one answered. As he was leaving, he noticed an arm out the door, waving him back, police said.
The man was invited into the home by a voice coming from inside the house. The salesman went inside where he said he was confronted by a naked Anderson, who told him he was in a "nudist" home, state police said. The salesman turned away, but Anderson invited the man to remove his clothing and come back later to party, according to a police affidavit. The man later told police he realized that Anderson was performing a sexual act on himself while talking to him.
The Derry Town Council voted in nonpublic session last week to stop paying Anderson, pending the outcome of a meeting with him set to take place in September. Acting town administrator Larry Budreau said that the council is conducting its own investigation into the matter.