DERRY — A judge will decide if indecent exposure charges against former town administrator John Anderson should be dismissed after the nude man invited a salesman into his home last summer.
A lawyer for Anderson, who later lost his job, told Judge Lucinda Sadler in 10th Circuit Court yesterday that the longtime public official had a right to walk around naked in his home.
Attorney James Rosenberg also denied allegations that his client masturbated in front of the satellite television salesman. He asked that two counts of indecent exposure and lewdness against Anderson be dropped.
If convicted, Anderson could face up to a year in jail on each charge. Circuit Court Judge Lucinda Sadler heard arguments from Rosenberg and prosecutor Kirsten Wilson, and said she would issue a ruling soon.
Anderson, 50, was originally scheduled to stand trial on the two misdemeanor charges yesterday, but the trial was postponed until after Sadler considered the dismissal request. The trial has not been rescheduled, Rosenberg said.
Anderson, whose contract was not renewed by the Town Council last fall, had been town administrator since October 2010 and earned $124,962 in his final year.
He was given more than $40,000 in severance pay by the town and had been on paid leave for five weeks until he was placed on unpaid leave Aug. 20. Before coming to Derry, Anderson was town administrator in Boothbay, Maine, for a decade.
Rosenberg told the judge yesterday it was not inappropriate for Anderson to be naked in the privacy of his Lane Road home.
“He was nude in his home and that was OK to do,” Rosenberg said. “He disputes any claim that the act of masturbation was going on.”
Rosenberg admitted that Anderson told the salesman it was a “nudist household” after opening the front door and inviting him inside.
Wilson disagreed that it was appropriate for Anderson to be naked and described how he masturbated in front of the salesman.