Hearing Set for September

Hearing Set for September

The Ashburn man accused of embezzling funds from a local Little League softball team appeared before a judge this week for the second time.

Reginald Earl Drew, 39, and his lawyer, Rachel Fierro, appeared before District Court Judge Julia Taylor Cannon the afternoon of Thursday, July 27, for a preliminary hearing. Cannon granted Drew a continuance until Sept. 14, at 1 p.m.

Drew is charged he embezzling $10,000 in donations and annual membership fees from one of the Ashburn Shooting Stars softball teams.

Drew, whose daughter also played softball, was the coach of the Shooting Stars Black, a 14-and-under team for girls. The Shooting Stars are the traveling teams in the Ashburn Girls Softball League (AGSL).

He turned himself into authorities the night of Tuesday, May 30, and was later released under his own recognizance by a Loudoun County magistrate. Magistrates are appointed by Circuit Court judges and serve to give an independent review of issues brought to the office by authorities and citizens.

Thursday, the Commonwealth's Attorney's office indicated they would have at least two witnesses in the case, including AGSL board treasurer Jennifer Sheehan. The witnesses were asked to return for the September hearing.

Drew is not currently coaching for AGSL, the league's board president Ronna Rush said at the time of his arrest.

"It is still under investigation and it is still an allegation," she said in June, "but we thought our best practice would be to remove him from the team."