A former Shawnee youth pastor who was arrested last year for alleged inappropriate text messages with teenagers was sentenced Wednesday to serve six months in the county jail.

A former Shawnee youth pastor who was arrested last year for alleged inappropriate text messages with teenagers was sentenced Wednesday to serve six months in the county jail.

Brian K. Burchfield, 43, of Edmond, was charged in Pottawatomie County District Court last August with four counts of soliciting sexual conduct or communications with a minor by use of technology.

Those charges stem from an investigation by Shawnee police that reportedly involved text messages between Burchfield and four teenage boys.

As part of a plea agreement, Burchfield pleaded guilty at a previous hearing. Wednesday, he appeared in court again for formal sentencing.

Court records show he received a 10-year suspended sentence, except the first six months to be served in the county jail. He was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Wednesday afternoon to begin serving that time.

District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the families agreed to the plea to avoid a public trial and to save the teens from additional trauma.

With the sentence, he said Burchfield will be a convicted felon who must register as a sex offender.

Smothermon said it's important to note there was never physical contact between Burchfield and the teens.

“Hopefully we've stopped the behavior,” Smothermon said, while keeping Burchfield from having access to juveniles ever again. “That was our goal.”

At the time of his arrest, Burchfield’s online LinkedIn page listed him as being the young adult pastor at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Edmond, but he also was the former youth pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee from June 2006 to April 2014.