UPDATED: Wayne Hills Football Star Arrested Again
Andrew Monaghan, one of nine football players charged with assault after they allegedly attacked two Wayne Valley students after a party last October, now faces disorderly conduct charge.
Andrew Monaghan, one of the nine Wayne Hills football players charged with aggravated assault stemming from an incident at a party last October, has been arrested again, Wayne Police Chief John Reardon said.
Monaghan was charged with disorderly conduct at a party on Salisbury Road last Friday night, Reardon said.
Monaghan interfered with a police officer who was investigating a noise complaint at the party, Reardon said.
An officer was trying to interview an individual at the residence when Monaghan allegedly encouraged the person to not give the officer his name and urged him to shut the door on the officer, Reardon said. Monaghan was warned three times to stop and was arrested after the third time, Reardon said. He was released on a summons.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Monaghan, 18, the only adult at the time the charges were filed, entered pre-trial intervention, a probationary-like program, earlier this year that granted him special probation in the case against him.
Reardon said the incident has nothing to do with any previous incident Monaghan was invovled in. He said he wasn't sure if the matter would have any affect on Monaghan's pre-trial intervention.
Seven of the players pleaded guilty to simple assault and were sentenced to probation earlier this year.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the charges against then-team captain Troy Zaffino earlier this year. Zaffino graduated Hills in June.
The players were allowed to participate in the team’s first two state playoff games last season. The Board of Education banned the players from participating in the state championship game, and all extracurricuar activities, for the rest of last school year. An administrative law judge upheld the suspensions a few days later, after the players applied for emergent relief to have the ban lifted.
Hills defeated Old Tappan 15-12 on a late touchdown to win the state championship in early December.
The incident generated a firestorm of controversy for the school district, the team, and its coach, Chris Olsen.
Residents in town were often divided on how they thought Olsen, who was also the Wayne Hills’ athletic director when the incident occurred, and district officials handled the situation.
The incident prompted administrators to adopt a new policy that prohibits athletic directors and other administrators from coaching sports teams. However, the board chose not to renew Olsen’s contract as athletic director. Olsen will return to coach the team, and his son Kevin, a nationally-acclaimed quarterback, next season.