Former youth pastor accused of sending inappropriate texts to teen boys will serve 6 months in jail

Brian Burchfield

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SHAWNEE, Okla. — A former youth pastor who is accused of sending inappropriate texts to teenage boys will serve six months in county jail.

Brian Burchfield is accused of sending inappropriate text messages to teenage boys who attend a church he once worked for in Shawnee.

Burchfield was the youth pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church for several years and gained the trust of some teenage boys in the youth group, police told KFOR in July 2015 when Burchfield was arrested.

At the time, police told KFOR at least four boys came forward saying text conversations with Burchfield were starting to make them uncomfortable.

Police said Burchfield would ask the boys for pictures of themselves and talk to them about pornography.

All of the victims were between the ages of 14 and 17.

When authorities questioned Burchfield about the texts, he confessed.

Court documents show Burchfield told police, he’d “just change into the mindset of a juvenile kid when he was around them and would do stupid stuff.”

A concerned parent got the investigation going, police say, when they took extra precautions to look out for their son.

Today, a judge sentenced Burchfield to serve a 10-year suspended sentence with six months in county jail.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

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