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.

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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?


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