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Former Wayne Hills Football Player Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

Andrew Monaghan, 20, allegedly received a package with marijuana in it in March.

Andrew Monaghan / Patch file photo
Andrew Monaghan / Patch file photo

Andrew Monaghan, a former Wayne Hills football player who was one of nine students charged with assaulting two Wayne Valley football players pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in Superior Court Friday.

Monaghan will be sentenced on the charge March 7, NorthJersey.com reported. He is facing probation.

Monaghan allegedly received a package in the mail at his Wayne home containing marijuana March 13, the website reported.

Monaghan, 20, was the only adult out of the nine players who were charged with two counts of aggravated assault stemming from a fight at a party in October 2011.

Monaghan attends college out of state, the website reported. He played football at Wesley College in Delaware last year.

Seven of the eight players who were minors pleaded guilty to simple assault. That charge could be removed from their records if they meet terms of a special juvenile probation program. One player, Troy Zaffino, had the charges dropped against him due to lack of evidence.

Monaghan received Pre-Trial Intervention for the alleged assault.

All nine players were suspended from playing in the team group state championship game in December 2011. The incident created a firestorm of controversy for the school district, the football team, and its then-coach, Chris Olsen. 

Monaghan was arrested again in July 2012. Monaghan was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he interfered with an officer who was investigating a noise complaint at a party in July. He pleaded not guilty the charge.

Monaghan allegedly encouraged an individual the officer was speaking with to not give the officer his name and also urged him to shut the door on the officer. The officer warned him three times to stop and didn’t, police said.

He pleaded guilty in December 2012 to creating a disturbance and paid a $188 in fines and court costs.

Monaghan was also involved in an incident where a teammate blew an air horn into a teacher’s face, injuring her.

Pad January 12, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Yes but he was a football player that Olsen defended when the assault occurred and he was 18. Just like anyone else is arrested a former police officer, Doctor, politician etc. they always mention their former careers. Maybe if Olsen stayed out of the incident and handled it correctly the Wayne Hills Football Team wouldn't be mentioned. Its the Township and Olsen who helped create big headlines by trying to sweep it under the rug. This guy needs to be incarcerated but obviously the family has money for big time attorneys to bail him out all the time. Funny the homeowner who hosted the party before the assault, where all the drinking and whatever was taking place was never mentioned thru out the whole incident. Why? Because he is well known and has clout. Any other homeowner would have been charged also.
Concerned Independent January 12, 2014 at 08:10 PM
I think Concerned that you should stop referring to him as a kid. Every action he took was after he turned 18 and was legally an adult. Yes, he may be young from a chronological standpoint but that does not mean he should have four bites at the apple. "Me thinks thou dust protest too much" and "me thinks thou might have some personal involvement with him or his family."
Wayne is falling apart January 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Not a surprise
Kelly Lonigan January 17, 2014 at 07:56 PM
whats funny is that every article there were people claiming we would all "eat our hats" when the "real" story came out. Ive ben waiting , and waiting, and waiting but somehow the story has not changed. So Olsenites, when are you guys releasing the "real" story?
Karen Lavandowski February 02, 2014 at 11:57 PM
I would bet my life that all you people who are writing your comments have smoked pot as well I think you all should go to town meetings and worry about the heroine epidemic that's in your town. Or since you all have great ideas. How about instead of sitting on your computers you get out there and help make a change. Lots of bigger problems.


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