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Darien Teen Charged In New Canaan Assault Seeks Accelerated Rehabilitation

Brian Minicus
Brian Minicus Photo Credit: New Canaan Police Department

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — A Darien High football player charged in the assault of a New Canaan teenager is seeking a  is seeking accelerated rehabilitation — a program granting leniency for first-offenders, according to the New Canaan Advertiser.

Brian Minicus, 18, was arrested Nov. 22 and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful restraint in connection with putting a juvenile in a headlock and punching him in a New Canaan home on Nov. 6, police said. He appeared in court Wednesday on that charge.

But Minicus is also due in court in New Britain on Jan.  10 to face an infraction offense of creating a public disturbance on July 6, the Advertiser said. He is due back in Norwalk Superior Court on Jan. 17, the New Canaan Advertiser said.

Related story: Warrants: SnapChat Taunts Led To Arrest Of Darien Teens In New Canaan Fight

The earlier arrest may impact the application for accelerated rehabilitation — which is for defendants who are deemed "not likely to offend again," the Advertiser said.

Minicus, a co-captain of the Darien football team, was arrested the night before the annual Turkey Bowl game and did not play as the Blue Wave fell to New Canaan. He has not taken played in Darien's postseason games since his arrest.

The Nov. 6 fight was sparked after taunts on SnapChat among teens from Darien and New Canaan, according to arrest warrants.

Minicus was arrested along with Jack Joyce, 18, the starting quarterback, who was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. 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.

After the social media exchanges, a “carload of Darien kids” went to and entered the New Canaan house where the assault occurred, police said.

Minicus placed the victim in a headlock while the 17-year-old juvenile offender held him down, then Minicus punched the victim in the head and face, police said.

Joyce yelled at a girl at the home and initially denied to police that he sent any of the messages, police said.

Click here for the story at the New Canaan Advertiser.

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