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Lawyer: Privacy laws protect Derry administrator

DERRY — The attorney representing Town Administrator John Anderson said Tuesday that his client is innocent of allegedly inviting a DirectTV salesman into his home in the nude and other conduct.

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. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 11 in 10th Circuit Court, Derry District Division.

Anderson’s attorney, Cornelius Sullivan, said the case shouldn’t have been brought against his client since federal law affords him the right to privacy in his own home. Sullivan said the law is clear on this point.
“Whatever happened, happened in the privacy of Mr. Anderson’s home,” Sullivan said.

He declined to comment on what did happen or on what Anderson has told him about the case, citing attorney-client privilege.
Sullivan said this is the first time his client has been charged with a crime, adding that Anderson is adamant about his innocence.

“Mr. Anderson has never been involved in any trouble in the past, and I’m confident that he’ll be exonerated,” Sullivan said.
County Attorney James Reams responded, saying that the state is confident with the charges and will move forward with its case against Anderson.

“We think New Hampshire law stands on pretty good ground and would be happy to litigate it,” Reams said, adding that “as a general rule, federal law doesn’t necessarily trump state law.”
Anderson has remained on administrative leave since July 12, the day after the alleged incident at his house. He is a former town manager from Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

The state isn’t releasing the name of the DirectTV salesman to protect his privacy, Reams said.

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