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Oak Island breaks silence, says top police resignations not connected to arrest of mayor’s son

After nearly two weeks of not commenting on recent events, Oak Island, through its town attorney, has stated there is no connection between the arrest of the mayor's son and recent resignations in the police department.

This month, Oak Island's Mayor's son was re-arrested on charges relating to child pornography and its top two police chiefs resigned. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Town of Oak Island)
This month, Oak Island’s Mayor’s son was re-arrested on charges relating to child pornography and its top two police chiefs resigned. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Town of Oak Island)

OAK ISLAND — Oak Island is breaking its silence following the arrest of the mayor’s son and the resignation of its top two Police Department officials this month.

Brian Edes, the town’s attorney, said there is no connection between the two events.

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Though both events — the recent re-arrest of Justin Brochure and the resignation of former Chief Greg Jordan and assistant chief Tony Burke — occurred within days of each other, Edes maintains the personnel changes are not in any way connected to the criminal investigation into the mayor’s son.

“Their resignations — from the town’s perspective, their separation of employment had nothing to do with any criminal investigation or any disciplinary investigations,” Edes said.

Any rumors suggesting Burke and Jordan were subject to a town disciplinary investigation are not true, Edes said.

This month’s events

On June 28, Mayor Cin Brochure’s son, Justin Brochure, was arrested on 31 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Warrants for Brochure’s arrest reveal he had been duplicating exploitative visual material dating back to 2015.

After Brochure’s bond was lowered in Brunswick County from $1 million to $100,000, he posted bail and was released. He was later arrested again on Oct. 10 for making contact with a minor, a violation of his pretrial release agreement.

His initial $2 million secured bond relating to these charges was dropped to $50,000, which he later posted.

Two days after Brochure’s re-arrest, Oak Island’s Police Chief Greg Jordan resigned. Exactly one week later, on Oct. 19, assistant chief Tony Burke resigned.

Since Brochure’s second arrest on Oct. 10, Oak Island has not officially commented or responded to any recent events. Edes said he is currently working on fulfilling public records requests filed by Port City Daily to provide further information.


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