.

Wayne Hills Football Player Waives 1st Court Appearance

Andrew Monaghan was charged in separate alleged incidents.

Andrew Monaghan has waived his first apperance in municipal court on another arrest that could jeopardize his participation in a special probation program, NorthJersey.com has reported.

Monaghan was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Monaghan is one of the nine  football players charged with aggravated assault stemming from an incident at a party last October. 

He was charged with disorderly conduct at a party earlier this month.

Monaghan interfered with a police officer who was investigating a noise complaint at the party, Wayne Police Chief John Reardon previously 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. 

The nine players were charged after  two  students after Halloween party in October 2011.

Seven of the players pleaded guilty to simple assault and were  earlier this year.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office  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  from participating in the state championship game, and all extracurricuar activities, for the rest of last school year. An administrative law judge  a few days later, after the players applied for emergent relief to have the ban lifted.

Hills  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  that prohibits athletic directors and other administrators from coaching sports teams. However, the board  as athletic director. Olsen will return to coach the team, and his son Kevin, a nationally-acclaimed quarterback, next season.

— Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Kelly Lonigan July 27, 2012 at 01:53 AM
stewart - did the first person freely allow the police entry before Monaghan started his nonsense? Was the police officer in the homestead? Was he observing anything inside at the time that could be cobsidered "suspect"? You dont know the facts to this case and this article doesnt allude to the specifics yet YOU are the one speculating and coming to conclusions about guilt, innocence, and improper police procedures. You have no clue and certainly have an agenda. I used to think , based on your prior posts, that you were a man of intelligence, common sense, and did not rush to judgment. I guess I am a fool for believing that unless someone has now hacked into your account and brought the stupid with them.
Kelly Lonigan July 27, 2012 at 05:24 AM
my bad. i agreed with resmer when all of the Olsen cr*p came out but he has been very inconsistent with his posts almost like he is 2 different people sharing a screenname. i am in no way a Police fan but you still have to give them the benefit of the doubt over the football captain that lead 7 of his players into battle against 2 . I imagine that the 7 followers felt some peer pressure from their captain and not joining in was not an option. By the way i heard that 3 of the juvenile thugs are now Wayne Hills football captains. great leaders...i hope the other players are not forced to follow by their examples and even more reason to show olsen the door. can anyone verify?
stewart resmer July 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM
EMS & Kelly, you have your view I have mine. So let me articulate my personal view of the 4th and 5th amendment to you in light of the very latest NJ supreme court decision? And this story. In the very first place none of us were there right? All we have to go on is what is reported and what was reported that some one made a call about noise, and some one opened a door and some one suggested it be closed and that some one told some one to stop speaking with the Police. Who had, no, warrant. 4th and 5th amendment in play, in real time. And what happened? The door sounds like it was not closed in an excercise of the 4th, and an officer stepped in to arrest an occupant for a 1st amendment excercise saying you dont have to speak with the officer as an excercise of the 5th? Like I commented before, we will all see where this lands, but so far as I can tell? This is exactly the sort of issue that prompted the courts decision.
stewart resmer July 27, 2012 at 09:10 AM
EMS & Kelley, or anyone else for that matter, the Police doctrine of 'escalation of force' up to and including use of deadly force is as wrong headed a way of dealing with confrontation as I can think of, and every Police officer is trained to do it. There has to come a time and place where the resolution of a matter does not always involve an escalation on the part of Police over a resolution with a citizen. Look what is happening in Anaheim California with two unarmed citizens shot dead by the Police of a noise complaint. Do you think the neighbors and the Police can hear the People now?
stewart resmer July 27, 2012 at 09:17 AM
D.A. vows vigorous probe of fatal Anaheim police shooting http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/da-vows-vigorous-probe-of-fatal-anaheim-police-shooting.html Hows about vigorous probe in this case here in Wayne as well? Let the blame fall where it may.
Bill July 27, 2012 at 09:22 AM
Apparently, the US Constitution/Bill of Rights is not believed to be worth the paper it is written on by many residents of Wayne. The "mob mentality" and "RUSH to judgement" continue to dominate.
Bill July 27, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Whereas Monaghan may not be Mr. Popularity, he still has the right to be protected by the laws of this country. With the mentality expressed by posters of this article, we can all be subject to arrest at the whim of someone not liking us.
stewart resmer July 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM
EMS, I have worked with local, county, state, and federal law enforcement from time to time in my work capacity for decades. I expect the same thing that they expect from me time and again and that is a respect for the law. I have served on several juries, in Los Angeles I was interviewed to be a grand jurror which would have required me to be sequestered for a year. During jury voir dire in a crimnal matter I declined to as a juror, as did several others because we were not comfortable with what we were told the case was about. Because of the situation wherein jurors had serious concerns about the nature of the proceedings, the case was postponed that very day. While I do not know the eventual disposition of the case, I do know it was jurors with principlaed concerns who were honest and forthright enough to express those reservations, a travesty of justice was avoided in the interests of all parties. You can count on me to do it again rather than see a case get rammed through in some nuanced miscarriage of justice.
Justice July 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Stewart, many (of many???) of the citizens of Wayne are Control Freaks and cannot accept the disruption of their status quo.
Justice July 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Further to Joe Videodummy's posting on another news item, here is the recent court decision: G.D.M. v. Board of Education of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION A regulation that seeks to control student conduct at all times and places exceeds the authority conferred on local school boards to regulate student conduct.
Justice July 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM
More suits, more suits, more suits on already over-burdened taxpayers. Wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution,......
Justice July 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM
07-24-12 G.D.M. AND T.A.M., ET AL. VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE RAMAPO INDIAN HILLS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, BERGEN COUNTY A-0953-10T1 This appeal presents a facial challenge to the validity of a regulation, promulgated by the Board of Education of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, that seeks to control student conduct not only at school or during schoolrelated functions and activities, but at all other times and places. The regulation asserts this control by conditioning student participation in extracurricular activities on compliance with a specifically enumerated code of student conduct, without requiring a nexus between the alleged violation of law and school order or safety. The then Acting Commissioner of Education invalidated the regulation because it exceeded the authority conferred upon local school boards to regulate student conduct. We affirm.
Kathy Russo July 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I don't know, but what ever happened to kids being scared to death when they get pulled over or a cop shows up at the door? I was taught to respect the police and authority figures in general. These kids seem to fear nothing and have respect for no one. I hope they wise up sooner than later, before they completely ruin their lives. This battle about how dare the cops wanting to speak to the party goers and being disrespected by teenagers is just instilling into these kids that they are entitled. This is not a good lesson. Just my opinion.
Sean Gilday July 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Stewart your not addressing the fact that this kid is doing all the wrong thing, whatever happened to being respectful when a police officer confronts you? It is people like you that give this kid a sense of entitlement. After being GIFTED with pre-trial intervention, this kid should have been nowhere near the police, but there he is at another party and inserting himself in another place were he does not belong.
Justice July 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Sean, the "kid" did not go to the police, the police went to him. Furthermore, what is wrong with going to a party? Who says he does not belong at the party?
Sean Gilday July 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
1.He had no business sticking his nose into the conversation the policeman was having with another person at the door Hence he was arrested after being told THREE times to back off. The place he inserted himself that i spoke of was actually the conversation that the policeman was having with another person, Why does this kid have to get involved? what was the point? He is already in a diversion program and you know what if i was the kids parents i might seriously think about putting some type of restrictions on this kid to keep him away from party's since it seems like he has zero common sense and has not learned his leason
paul r July 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
So, i guess you're saying a police report and/or a newspaper article can leave out some facts? Interesting take from a person who took police reports and newspaper articles AS fact just a few short months ago.
Larry July 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I've been reading all of these comments for awhile now.
stewart resmer July 27, 2012 at 07:25 PM
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me. Niemöller
Justice July 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Larry, Please advise what you really want to say. We are all reading the posts all the time; but we normally do not state the obvious as respects to reading all the comments. Thank you.
Justice July 27, 2012 at 08:00 PM
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." This was written by Benjamin Franklin, within quotation marks but is generally accepted as his original thought, sometime shortly before February 17, 1775 as part of his notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly, as published in Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin
Justice July 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Oops, this was meant for the other article whereby people are so willing to give up their Constitutional Rights for "perceived" safety
Justice July 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Sean, this "kids" parents cannot place restrictions, he is over 18, an ADULT. They are no longer responsible for his actions. Any parent knows this. A parent does the best they can and then its' done. It is no reflection of the parents either. He is a grown man. 18 year old men were getting mutilated and killed in Vietnam when I was his age; and they certainly didn't put up with any nonsense, as Ms. Russo can't seem to understand.
Justice July 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Perhaps, everyone should do some time with gang-bangers and then realize that this person is actually a saint by comparison. It is all in the way things are perceived.
Larry July 27, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Justice and everyone else, sorry but I started to write and realized I may not have been registered. I was unaware that it went up prior to confirming my account. Anyway. What I was about to say was that obviously some of the young kids are either not taught the way to handle people that deserve respect. I was brought up that police, teachers, doctors, firemen and parents had the final word. Are all of these people always right? absolutely not, but you had this instilled in your brain. My son played football at Wayne Hills and was scared that just by some coincidence if Coach Olsen called, he may not be able to play the next game. My wife and I enforced it knowing what consequences would be. Should he be able to go to any party he wants to? for sure. But what seems to be missing in Andrew and a lot of other people (young and older) is the common sense. It wasn't instilled at home (without knowing the parents) and certainly not learned on the outside (school, football, etc.). Maybe the next time I get stopped by a police officer for anything, even just to tell me that I have a missing bulb, I should call him every name in the book and yell for wasting my time. Curious to see how that one plays out.
Kelly Lonigan July 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
justice - yes thats the solution. let's all spend time with gang-bangers and then monaghan looks like the pope (if the pope likes to beat up kids in a 8 on 2 fight , and if the pope disrespects authority figures). thats like saying rape isnt so bad because it wasnt murder. monaghan is a saint.
Justice July 28, 2012 at 01:32 AM
kelly, all in lower case - First, I really, really, really resent your taking my opinion out of context. Second, I refuse to get into an ethnic and religious debate with an obvious Irish-named person. Third, I do not believe in "the" pope nor do I have any respect for "the" pope or anyone else who "dictates" what I should believe in. Fourth, do not use the "rape"/"murder" cards in an incident when someone's constitutional rights are obviously being toyed with. These are 1st, 4th and 5th amendment rights. Have a wonderful day.
Kelly Lonigan July 28, 2012 at 03:32 AM
justice - it seems you really have no problem with disrespect, beatings, etc. At one point does law, morality, and common sense come into your world? I hope you dont have any children. You seem to want a society where people can do whatever they want, treat people however they want, and then hide behind the constitution. The constitution and the amendments are composed of much more then the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments...did you know that? the constitution allows the States to create laws that must be followed for the betterment and protection of the entire population. or should we just ignore the parts that get in your way. Your opinions are what is wrong with this country and have allowed the degradation of common decency.
Justice July 28, 2012 at 01:34 PM
kelly- WHATEVER..... I hope it is out of your system... you, on the other hand, chose phrases and words like "MUST be followed", "did you know".... very, very dictatorial. I don't know nor care what your chosen profession is; but it is probably in one of the fields that relish words that you use on this "Patch". Unfortunately, people who "typify" your vocabulary lack compassion and foresight. There are other ways to live that don't jam ideas down people's throats and yet balance exists. You might want to try it, it is healthier.
Kelly Lonigan July 29, 2012 at 03:26 AM
sorry justice - ill try not to use such big words when dealing with you. maybe there should be a mirror forum created for lower IQ posters such as yourself. is IQ too big of a word for you?

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something