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Mar 21, 2014 12:10 AM by Stefanie Boe

Oro Valley Councilmember facing domestic violence charges

ORO VALLEY - Oro Valley Town Councilmember Brendan Burns faces domestic violence charges after police were called to his home a few weeks ago.

Lieutenant Kara Riley with Oro Valley Police confirms to the News 4 Tucson Investigators that Burns was charged at the end of February or early March.

All other questions regarding the case have been referred to the Pima County Attorney's office. We're told the case was referred there to avoid any conflict of interest.

Town Spokesperson Misti Nowak also referred the Investigators to the Pima County Attorney's office. Nowak did say Burns continues in his role on the council and town business goes on as usual.

Burns sent a statement to News 4 Tucson regarding the case:

I am saddened that my divorce and recent personal struggles have become public matters. As is often the case in these emotional situations, I have regrets, but much of the substance of the protective order is untrue, and my wife has already dismissed it voluntarily. My focus is now on my family and healing my relationship with my wife so we can be better parents to our three, young children. My family hopes for your prayers and understanding as we continue the healing process and we humbly ask for privacy out of respect for our children.

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