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.

Flood Plain January 10, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Andrew Monaghan would seem to be headed towards a full blown criminal at an early age. And, these are just the three cases of criminal behavior we know about. How many more criminal acts were covered up, ignored, paid off?
Pad January 11, 2014 at 06:55 AM
This is the same person that people said was a good kid. We said he needed help back then after the assault incident. I guess the request was ignored. Probation! This kid needs some jail time. A slap on the wrist is only making matters worse in this situation. Where are this kids parents?
VeggieLvr January 11, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Why can't he just be identified as "Wayne resident"? Why must the football program be dragged into this?
Concerned Independent January 11, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Because his criminal career began with an assault where he received special treatment because he was a football player and now he just seems to continue to be getting that special treatment. An assault - he get PTI. Charged with disorderly conduct and pleads to creating a disturbance - $188 fine. Involved in an incident where a teacher is injured by an air horn. Now he has the brilliant idea to purchase marijuana by mail? He is referred to as a football player in order to recount the tale of his criminal history, not to denigrate football players. It's time for his probation from the assault to be revoked. He needs to see where this path is really going to take him.
stewart resmer January 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM
If the kid were in clorado or washington people like you would have nothing to say about this. Here in NJ as we know the draconion failed war on drugs continues at great expense to all partiies.
Ed Zachary January 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Stewart, AFAIK, you must be 21 to legally buy Cannabis in WA and CO. I wonder how he got caught. If he did indeed receive the package at his home, how did the authorities find out?
Not Concerned January 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM
You are all not lawyers. You are not going to dictate how his life should be or what the courts do. You do not know the kid so why try to make a judgement? Get out of in front of the computer and get on with your day. You all seem like little children that think what you're going to say is going to make a difference. Are you all really gong to sit here and discuss this? Hopefully you are adults and grow up.
Jack Q January 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Brilliant, Stew. Let everyone buy as much drugs as they want. Now I know why its called dope! By the way, is California as draconian, even though they voted in a coke sniffing governor?
Concerned Independent January 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Hey Not - His history speaks for itself. He beats a kid senseless with a bunch of his friends. He tells a friend to slam the door in the face of a police officer. He thinks it is a good idea to blow out a teacher's ear drum with an air horn. And he buy pot by mail. Not exactly a "brain trust" here. The problem I have is that by "pussy-footing" with him legally and giving him so many chances, you just feed into the fact that this kid needs a slap back to reality. Otherwise, he's just going to end up robbing a liquor store somewhere and ending up dead by "suicide by cop." Oh, and by the way, you are telling everyone to get away from their computers and be adults. Then how is it that you came across and read the comments. Get out from in front of your computer and have a nice day!
stewart resmer January 11, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Well anon poster jk-o there you go again making hysterical leaps of hyberbol the People in those states have expressed their prerogative on the matter and you can't stand it. Your inference that jerry brown is a drug abuser is prepoterous. I worked for JB I know dozens of people who have had long term relationships with him. None will tell you he has ever used cocaine. And neither can you except of course from behind your cowardly nom de plume. Currently 22 states have medicinal marijuana laws on the books many more are sure to follow. NJ on the other hand under this scandal plagued executive has attempted to forestall several initiatives the reveals him to be out of step just like you. The kids young probably still trying to find his way like so many others. I'm not going to write him off just yet like some here seem all to eager to do on this one. Is that a problem for your closed mind?
Not Concerned January 11, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Hey Concerned - he did not blow an airhorn in a teachers ear. Have you not noticed the media blows absolutely everything out of proportion? So do you kids who are going to sit here and criticize him. It disgusts me to see what goes on within this page like you actually know anything. Keep your mouths shut and leave the kid alone. Like I said earlier, hopefully you all are adults and not kids. I guess I was wrong.
Pad January 11, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Yes that's what we need legal marijuana like we don't have enough people walking and driving impaired. Anyone who thinks legalizing this is OK is nuts. The biggest supporter of legalizing marijuana recently changed his stance on this. How did they get this kid? Easy. They use drug sniffing dogs at the postal centers and at centers like UPS Fed Ex etc. When they get a hit they follow the package. That's just one way. many studies have proven long term use and its adverse effect on the brain. Also persons decision making, memory etc is affected long after smoking pot. This kid needs help not pot! Legalizing pot is just one more thing they will see after a few years how traffic fatalities and accidents will rise just like with alcohol and then we will have groups like MAPS ( Mother Against Pot Smoking). Yes Stewart let your kids and grandchildren smoke pot and see the effects. I know professionally 1st hand how the use of drugs and pot ruined many lives and also caused the death of many. Legalizing this will be a disaster down the road.
Ed Zachary January 11, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Pad, for what it's worth, I think you're nuts. If you don't want to use Cannabis, then don't. I agree that children should not use it--same with alcohol. However, seeing that this is America, shouldn't adults be free to make their own decisions?
Pad January 12, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Yes everyone adults as you say should be allowed to use cocaine, pot, heroin etc. Drugs have destroyed so many lives, relationships, business's etc. If anyone is nuts its clearly you. Have you seen the effects of drugs on this country? Have you responded to fatal overdoses or had to tell a parent their child is dead in a park from an overdose? Children get a hold of alcohol and have been killed by its effects also. So while the parents are using pot are you going to tell me that some children won't ever get a hold of it. Anybody who supports the legalization of drugs is out of their minds period. I really want to be in a plane with a pilot who was smoking pot all weekend and then comes to work and forgets one small detail and then tragedy strikes. Do some reading on the effects of drug use even pot after long term use. You may learn something.
Mom of 2 girls January 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM
This kid is a real criminal, period. How many more crimes does he need to commit before he receives a real criminal charge? This kid hasn't learned a damn thing in his life except for a few things, be part of a "great" football team & you can do anything you want; plead not guilty for everything and get a good lawyer and you can continue to commit crimes. Come on judges, what else does he have to do in order to truly have a consequence, robbery, murder?
Voice of Reason January 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM
The fact that this young man was a football player has nothing to do with the real issue, his upbringing. Parents need to take a more proactive role in the rearing of their children. All too frequently parents either blame the schools or others for their child's actions of failures. Teaching character and respect should not be the total burden of teachers, Administrators and coaches. School system use too much of their resources facilitating what should have been done at home. Parents all to often also tend to enable their children and resist allowing them to be held accountable for their actions. As for Mr. Monaghan I do wish you well in all of your future pursuits and hope you can find a way to put these past episodes behind you. I also hope that these events can serve you as a model when you raise your family
Pad January 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM
His life is already down the tubes. He will have trouble being employed since all major corporations now regularly do pre-employment drug testing and also full background investigations. He will never be hired in any type of Government job, job requiring a security clearance etc. He has been given plenty of chances and is still doing things that are against the law and getting himself in trouble. Some of this kids problems may stem from drug or pot use also. These parents needed to be parents and not their son's friend. You need more to be a good person then being a good football player.
Flood Plain January 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM
As my old friend Robert Blake used to say when he was playing his police officer role on T. V. "...if you can't do the time, don't do the crime." Andrew Monaghan needs to spend some time in the N. J. "big boy prison." This man with all of his "published and publicly known crimes," have occurred while he was an adult--at age 18 and over. These qualified him for prison time; that is, if he had been properly charged by the authorities.
VeggieLvr January 12, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Yes Concerned, I suppose my question was rhetorical. Let me state it a different way. Stop referring to this young man as a Wayne Football player. He hadn't been a Wayne Hills player for 2 years. It's time to let that program distance itself from this Wayne resident.
Mom of 2 girls January 12, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Here's what everyone on here that is feeling as though this young man is being picked on has forgotten. I will explain in easy facts... 9 were involved but ONE was charged in the aggravated assault case... Andrew Monaghan. Then, he's again CHARGED the next year with disorderly conduct! He's INVOLVED with the air horn incident. Come on $188 and pre- trial intervention! What justice has been served? Was someone in your family assaulted or had their ear blown out? Do you all have that little regard for justice and public safety. Shame on you all for feeling bad for him!
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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