The five Darien football players who admitted to defacing Dunning Field just before November's Turkey Bowl have begun paying back restitution for the damage.

Attorney Mark Sherman confirmed that his clients had paid restitution for the damages but was unable to release the amount paid or the status of the criminal charges against his clients.

New Canaan Board of Education Finance and Operations Director Mike Lagas said the board had received checks from the attorneys for four of the players. The total amount for the cost of the cleanup was $7,500 and the players would pay equal shares, Lagas said. Each player will pay about $1,500 each.

New Canaan BOE Chairman Nick Williams said he hopes the situation can be put behind everyone now that the restitution has been paid.

"Darien is a terrific town and this incident is certainly not indicative of typical Darien football players or students," Williams said. "These young men made a mistake and they are literally paying for it. We wish them the best as they move forward with their lives."

The vandalism incident occurred after midnight on Nov. 23 when the five players vandalized school buildings, the walkway and a sign at Dunning Field. All five of the players were minors and their names were not released.

The players turned themselves in to New Canaan police after learning about warrants for their arrest.

The four 17-year-olds involved in the incident were charged as youthful offenders for first-degree criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal mischief and loitering in and about school grounds.

Additional motor vehicle charges were also placed on the player who drove the others to the field.

The 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile for first-degree criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal mischief and loitering in or about school grounds.

Sherman declined to comment on whether charges are still pending.

New Canaan Superintendent David Abbey could not be reached for comment.

Criminal mischief charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison or a $5,000 fine.