Posted: 2:36 pm Monday, January 25th, 2010

Ex-Benjamin football player Sam Faria’s trial pushed to March 

By Jason Lieser

EDITOR’S NOTE: The charges against former Benjamin School student-athlete Sam Faria were reduced from felony battery and adjudication was withheld after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in June 2010. Faria was sentenced to community service for the charges related to a 2009 incident with an assistant football coach.

Sam Faria, the Benjamin football player who allegedly punched an assistant coach in the face and broke his nose, is scheduled to stand trial March 15.

Faria’s trial has been delayed three times. In December, the non-jury trial was rescheduled for today, but it was pushed back again.

Palm Beach Gardens police arrested Faria, 17, on Oct. 19 and charged him with aggravated battery.

The alleged incident took place during the Buccaneers’ game against King’s Academy on Oct. 9. The assistant coach, 52-year-old Thomas Flynn, resigned and Faria was suspended from the team.

When Benjamin coach Ron Ream suspended Faria, it came out that Ream had physically disciplined Faria during a Sept. 30 practice. The school forced Ream to resign, though it quickly reinstated him.

Click here for the initial story on Faria’s arrest.