John Anderson Trial Set for Derry Court on July 30

The trial of former Town Administrator John Anderson will be held Wednesday, July 30, at 8:30 a.m. in Derry District Court.

Anderson, 51, was formally charged Aug. 16, 2013, after being placed on paid administrative leave July 12 when Town Councilors learned he had been arrested the night before for allegedly exposing himself at home to a DirecTV salesman. He was charged with indecent exposure and lewdness. He and the town terminated their relationship this past October.

The indecent exposure and lewdness charges are misdemeanors, each punishable by a year in jail.

The case was investigated by the New Hampshire State Police rather than the Derry Police because the Derry Police Department was technically under Anderson’s jurisdiction. After the investigation it was turned over to the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

The prosecuting attorney is Kirsten Wilson of the Rockingham County Attorney’s office. “It looks like everything is on track,” Wilson said earlier this week.

The only issue, she said, was some information that DirecTV has yet to turn over to her office. “If we get it in time, we’ll review it,” she said.

Wilson said the DirecTV salesman is expected to testify. “Otherwise, it would just be hearsay,” she said.

Wilson said she didn’t see any difficulties in prosecuting a relatively high-profile case. “I don’t take that under consideration,” she said. “My one obligation is to see that the law is enforced.”

She formerly worked for the Attorney General’s homicide unit and was responsible for prosecuting a murder trial where the defendant was a well-known millionaire. “Once I’m there, I prosecute it as I would any case,” she said.

Anderson is being represented by James Rosenberg of the Shaheen and Gordon law firm. Rosenberg did not return calls for comment.