DARIEN, Conn. — The Darien High quarterback appeared in court Thursday to face charges from his arrest in connection with an assault of a teen in New Canaan last month, according to the Darien Times.
Jack Joyce, 18, a senior at Darien High, was arrested on Thanksgiving Eve and charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer in the Nov. 6 incident. He was freed after posting $500 bond.
At the appearance Thursday in Norwalk Superior Court, his lawyer requested accelerated rehabilitation for Joyce, a special program for first-time offenders that can result in wiping his record clean if he meets court conditions, the Darien Times said.
Joyce's next court appearance will be Jan. 18.
The arrest of Joyce and two other teens from Darien stemmed from the assault of a New Canaan teenager, police said. The dispute grew out of taunts traded on SnapChat among teens from Darien and New Canaan, police said.
Brian Minicus, 18, a wide receiver and defensive back on the Darien High football team, was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful restraint in the assault. He has also applied in court for accelerated rehabilitation .
A 17-year-old from Darien, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was charged with third-degree conspiracy to commit assault and second-degree unlawful restraint. The status of his case in juvenile court is sealed.
The three Darien teens showed up uninvited at a house in New Canaan, where the assault occurred after 11 p.m., police said.
Minicus placed the victim in a headlock while the 17-year-old juvenile offender held him down, police said in a statement. Minicus punched the juvenile victim in the head and face, police said.
The assault was stopped by a friend of the victim, who pulled off Minicus and the juvenile offender, police said.
Police said Joyce also went to the house, yelled at a girl there and initially denied to police that he sent any of the messages.
Minicus and Joyce did not play in the Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving, in which Darien lost to New Canaan. Minicus did not return to the football field.
Joyce played in all of Darien High's playoff games, leading the Blue Wave to a Class LL state championship.
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