DERRY — Nearly two weeks after an arrest warrant was issued, Town Administrator John Anderson has turned himself in on indecent exposure and lewdness charges.
Anderson, 50, surrendered to state police Wednesday night and was released on $2,000 personal recognizance, according to Rockingham County Attorney James Reams. Anderson is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 11 in 10th Circuit Court in Derry.
He has been on administrative leave since July 12, one day after an alleged incident at his Lane Road home involving a DirecTV salesman. The salesman told Derry police Anderson made unwanted sexual advances toward him during a sales call.
Anderson exposed himself to the salesman, asked him to take off his clothes and then masturbated in front of him, according to a police affidavit.
Initially, he was on paid leave, then placed on unpaid leave by the Town Council following a unanimous vote Aug. 20. Anderson has been unavailable for comment.
Assistant Town Administrator Larry Budreau has been serving as acting town administrator in Anderson’s absence. He is the only person authorized by the Town Council to speak about Anderson after the council decided to conduct its own inquiry into the matter.
But Budreau was unavailable yesterday to speak about Anderson’s arrest because he is on vacation. Public Works Director Michael Fowler, who is filling in for Budreau, could not be reached for comment.
Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores agreed to speak about Anderson since Budreau is unavailable for another week.
“The only thing I can say is I’m glad he did it,” she said of Anderson turning himself in. “I don’t know what took him so long — I think that’s a good move.”
Katsakiores said the council can now move forward and decide whether Anderson should remain as Derry’s town administrator, saying the incident and his arrest have been a distraction the town can do without.