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 football players charged with aggravated assault stemming from an incident at a party last October, has been arrested again, Wayne 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. 

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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Scondo July 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM
There is no criminality involved, there is just that little technicality there. Telling someone to lose the door is not criminal. You do not need to answer a police officer if you choose not to. Those actions taken alone are not violations of law. A noise complaint is all it was. Oh, yeah now we need to put down the torches and pitchforks and let the system process. But really , had some cooler heads prevailed would this situation have resulted.
Scondo July 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM
smartassedness is still not illegal in this country, despite what the pundits would have you believe.
WayneResident July 19, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Actually Scondo, it is a misdemeanor for interfering with the duty of a police officer...assumking it was solely a verbal interference as the article states. The duty of the police officer was to investigate the noise disturbance. Part of that duty is to ascertain the name of the person who opened the door and attempt to find out where the adult(s) who own the home are or were. Mr Monaghan chose to stick his nose where it didnt belong and thus interfered with the duty of the investigating police officer. And Mr Scondo - any time a police officer asks you to identify yourself in the course of investgating a call or a complaint, you must. If you choose not to, the officer can very well take you in.
Scondo July 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Read the part where I say:Those actions taken alone are not violations of law N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1 restricts the specific types of conduct that can be used to try to prevent a public official from performing an official function. This law prohibits specific conduct to obstruct, impair or prevent the administration of law including: (1) flight; (2) intimidation; (3) force; (4) violence; (5) physical interference; (6) obstacle; and (7) other unlawful act. It is important to emphasize that words alone are not enough to prevent or attempt the law performance of a governmental function by a public official (Police Officer.) Nonetheless, abusive words that are combined with physically threatening actions can constitute adequate evidence to support an attempted prevention N.J.S.A. 2C:29 1. Obstructing administration of law or other governmental function a. A person commits an offense if he purposely obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function or prevents or attempts to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of flight, intimidation, force, violence, or physical interference or obstacle, or by means of any independently unlawful act. This section does not apply to failure to perform a legal duty other than an official duty, or any other means of avoiding compliance with law without affirmative interference with governmental functions.
Scondo July 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
So , I think we can all now see that mere words does not constitute sufficient basis for the charge. Oh, well, that is the law, we have to live with it. Again, being a jerk, a smartass, a smart mouth , smart alec are not criminal in and of itself. Neither is being annoying, being a spoiled brat, being lazy, stupid and arrogant. But sometimes being those things is suffiicient punishment in and of itself, which I suspect he will find if he does not work on improvement of his personal relationship skills.
paul r July 19, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Or maybe - despite some trying to make it so - because this has nothing to do with Olsen?
B. Broadway July 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Not a parent of a high schooler and I am not defending this persons actions. However, cast the first stone...ect... Take football and Olsen out of it - this boy (adult yet still a boy) has made mistakes and he should have repurcusions. However, all theses posts read like you have pitchforks and torches in your hands....hate much? One person is not a team or program. Teens in general want to flex their "muscle", get mouthy sometimes and make mistakes - thats how most learn and grow into fine adults. To me the key here is parents and sports culture. Not to oversimplify but it is not our place to judge him, the Hills program or Hills Coach. Instead focus on the children as individuals. Part of the problem with sports is the conflict with family life and religion. Practice, camps, training and games comes first. Good values come from time with family and friends in a loving and nuturing environment. Also regular religious atendance provides a moral foundation which presents many opportunties for good v evil, ethical and empathy lessons. It's not just about this one boy or football is about a premium placed on sports and its players that are treated in such a regard they feel they are above the law and better than others.
Chicken Little July 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@Kelly Lonigan Karen Stack is no idiot. She is a devoted mother, deeply involved with Wayne SPA, and does not deserve that.
Kevin G July 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Obstruction of justice? I'm not saying it is. Just a guess.
Debbie July 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
This has nothing to do with football or Coach Olsen. It has to do with Andrew and his behavior in public. Both of my boys know Andrew M. when I mentioned to them that Andrew has gotten in trouble again, this was their response: "He's such an idiot" and my other son: Mom, Andrew is such a "scum bag". I have to say my boys aren't perfect but they do watch their language in front of me, so for my son to use that kind of language to my face, it makes me wonder what kind of young man Andrew is becoming?
Diane Hummel July 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@Kelly - I agree that your comments about Karen are rude and arrogant! And this person pleaded guilty and got a slap on the wrist for what those boys had done! If they had all gotten proper punishments in the first place, then maybe they would have learned from their actions and wouldn't be on the wrong side of the law yet again.
Chicken Little July 19, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@Scondo Anything this kid did/does s going to be magnified. He needs to learn to be a choir boy, and someone needs to give him some good counsel. 1. He was involved in the Wayne Hills football players incident (result: PTI) 2. The day after the board suspended the former interim superintendent's decision to suspend the players from the first playoff game, this kid is involved in an airhorn incident at a pep rally. 3. And now, this latest incident. I don't know what his plans are (college, I assume), but the best thing for this kid to do now is to be a doormouse and go away to school. And, hopefully, learn to avoid situations in the future. He is probably getting more heat than he deserves, but he deserves at least some of it. He needs to learn to avoid this stuff, and not become a pariah.
eyes wide shut July 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Scondo you are wrong...at best a fine??? NO sorry, he is on PROBATION..As part of his PTI...its the opposite the LEAST could be a fine...At best?? Well that would be up to the Judge now wouldn't it???
Scondo July 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
You are getting no argument from me, see my comment @ 10:05 am.
Kit Rogers July 19, 2012 at 07:40 PM
i had a brother who had many scrapes with the law as a teen,,,,,,it took him several mistakes and punishments to get himself together,,,,but guess what,,,,he finally got it together and is married with kids, is an executive and owns 2 homes,,,,,he just chose to take the winding road,,,, some kids just dont get it right away and while i agree this ws stupid it saddens me to see how quickly people are ready to cast him aside as a waste of life and blame his parents for everything,,,,,im glad many of you have perfect lives but trust me that is not the norm,,,, stop with the negativity,,,
Chicken Little July 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
@Kit Rogers Yes, I don't think we should be gleefully relegating this kid to the gutter. He can get his head on straight. He is not doomed.
Karen Stack July 19, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I guess you misunderstood my Kelly, sorry. My point was that the incident in the fall is the only problem that we heard of because he was an adult. There could be a lot of arrests before that. We just don't know because a juvenille's records are sealed. Does that clarify things for you?
Willy July 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Lifelong townie July 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I am no HATER as classified above- Doesn't matter to me if he played football or was president of the glee club, if he went to Hills/Valley/ Depaul / PCTI or home schooled. This young man was a wise ass that thought he was above reproach at 12 so all I am saying is his behavior over the last few years doesn't shock me. I know people who have lived down there questionable past as well. Good for them. Just remember parents, you reap what you sow. My ,now 20 year old, son may have given my husband or I lip on occasion. BUT NEVER has he disrespected any other parent, teacher, officer, or other student or I'm sure we would have heard about it. I guess when PARENTS don't show respect to everyone,regardless of race/religion/or what WAYNE District($$$) you live in, how can we expect our children too. I'm just sayin.......
Scondo July 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Those of us who don't know him are perhaps willing to give him the benefit of some doubt , with the hope that he can get "right". I was given a second chance a long time back, it made a lot of difference to me. Sometimes those who have never needed that second chance just can't understand those of us who did.
Lifelong townie July 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I pray he gets "right" for himself and society, as I do for anyone with anger issues. We aren't talking about a drug addict or alcoholic. We are talking about someone who has repeatedly shown he as anger/authority issues and shouldn't be given any leniency because of what side of town he's from, what position he played, etc ... that's all.
Nose Wayne July 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Sometime you have to hit rock bottom and find out that the only other way is up. Hopefully he hit this and is willing to make the climb back up. IF NOT, the bottom is a very lonely and dark place to be. Been there !!!!!! I made the climb and am a better person today.
Kelly Lonigan July 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
ok. so maybe there is another "influence" in his life that has effected his brain . Steroids? could be...wouldnt be that big of a reach would it? Steroids cause sudden mood swings. One minute you can be happy and then the next you'll be upset without even knowing why. Steroids cause severe anger, which can result in violence or even death. This anger is better known as "roid rage."
Anthony July 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM
First off if you have seen this kid you would know he is not on steroids. Seconds. How can one respect the cops if they pretty much ruined his chances of going to a great college because of some lousy fight that none of you people witnessed. This first incident completely blew up and destroyed this CHILDS CAREER. so I'm going with he is very bitter. 10 years ago I myself have seen kids at parties yel at cops and never ever get arrested. This is all bullshit. This kid has not been caught doing drugs or killing someone. He is a young child that yes maybe is a wise ass but to be called a loser and put in jail is a complete joke. Many kids today are doing much worse then what he has done. Maybe everyone should look into the other problems in schools rather then linch this child for yelling at a cop.
Lifelong townie July 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
18 a "young child"? Really?
Lifelong townie July 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Are you a parent Anthony? Do you know how brutally those other 2 boys were beaten? That they will have physical and mental scars for life? I remember when 18 year old "children" were caught in drug/endangering the public pranks/assault charges, they were given 2 choices JAIL or MILITARY- Some of those "children" are now very productive citizens of this town currently. It worked for them-perhaps they should implement those choices again. As for his College Career, that's on his own head if it's ruined. We are the product of the choices we make and he keeps making bad ones.
Kelly Lonigan July 22, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Anthony - you obviously know very little about steroids.( or how to spell lynch) . Steroids Do Not Have to Make a Person Bigger. Too many people continue to say that they wouldn’t use steroids – or don’t think certain players use – because they don’t want/have big muscles. There are a whole host of steroids that – when used properly – do not result in “getting big.” Using Rafael Palmeiro as an example, the allegations are that he used a drug called “Stanozolol,” also known as “Winstrol.” Winstrol is a drug that - in the vernacular - people use for “cutting,” or “getting ripped,” which gives the user a lean but muscular appearance with little water retention. The strength gains from using this drug are less than from using some of the more potent androgens, but would be extremely beneficial with the added benefit of not adding size. Getting too big could attract all kinds of unwanted attention
eyes wide shut July 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM
He's out and so are you
RCRC1 August 04, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@kevin not obstruction.. a petty disorderly conduct summons was given
RCRC1 August 04, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The fact that all you have no lives and comment and judge other people is just arrogant and wrong. You 40+ year old losers are judging an 18 year old.. you must feel well accomplished and proud of your self for leaving a negative comment. Monaghan is pleading not guilty and is not to blame for an angry cop when he was only trying to help out his buddy know his rights. The cop had no right to enter the property without probable cause or a warrant and the cop was trying to enter anyways. Why dont you take your comments to the story of the guy whose robbing houses or fraud charges instead of a kid who gets charged with disorderly conduct. A PETTY LITTLE CHARGE!


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